Natural and Physical Sciences

The natural and physical science category includes courses in Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Biological Sciences. These courses are applicable in the real world and will help you solve the challenges people encounter every day. To enroll in one of the natural and physical sciences courses, you must have strong math and science skills, like to spend time taking lab classes, and in collecting and analyzing data. Other necessary skills for a successful career in this field include analytical and critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. In 2017-2018, physical sciences was the 23rd most popular major nationwide with 53,768 degrees awarded.

Studies showed that 58.4% of physical sciences workers have at least a master's degree. So you may consider pursuing post-graduate studies in one of the natural and physical sciences majors. Natural and Physical Sciences careers are expected to grow by 8.3% between 2016 and 2026. Graduates of natural and physical sciences major earned an average of $38,122 in 2017-2018. Earnings can range from as low as $11,100 to as high as $117,200. Salaries vary depending on the level of Education that was acquired.

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