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545 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
116 Master's Degrees Annually
#20 in Popularity
$73,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Learning Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many learning sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 545
Master’s Degree 116
Doctor’s Degree 16
Graduate Certificate 15

What Learning Sciences Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, learning sciences majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Learning Sciences Majors

Learning Sciences majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Learning Sciences Majors

When studying learning sciences, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Learning Sciences Majors

As you progress with your learning sciences degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Learning Sciences Major?

People with a learning sciences degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
Education, Training, and Library Workers 10.8% $42,080
Social Sciences Professors 9.8% $71,600
Transportation Planners 6.7% $81,340

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Learning Sciences?

545 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 85% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of learning sciences majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Learning Sciences Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 41
Hispanic or Latino 78
White 365
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 45

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Learning Sciences. About 1.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Learning Sciences Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $46,680 to $85,750 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to learning sciences. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with learning sciences may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to learning sciences have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 38.6%
Master’s Degree 17.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 43.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Learning Sciences Programs

In 2018-2019, 28 schools offered a learning sciences program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 7 3
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 16 10
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Learning Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a learning sciences grad is $73,680 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 85% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $675,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to learning sciences.

Major Number of Grads
Educational Evaluation & Research 257
Other Educational Assessment, Evaluation, & Research 246
Educational Statistics & Research Methods 227
Educational Assessment, Testing, & Measurement 110

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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