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45 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
6 Master's Degrees Annually
#85 in Popularity
$85,600 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Alternative Medicine & Systems Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 39
Master’s Degree 12
Graduate Certificate 9
Basic Certificate 8
Associate Degree 5

What Other Alternative Medicine & Systems Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems Majors

Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Skills for Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems Majors

A major in other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems student include the following:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Other Alternative Medicine & Systems Major?

People with a other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Orthoptists 13.3% $73,960

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Other Alternative Medicine & Systems?

39 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
82% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 82% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 28
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

How Much Do Other Alternative Medicine & Systems Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems is $85,600. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems 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 other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Bachelor’s Degree 10.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 76.1%
Master’s Degree 10.2%

Online Other Alternative Medicine & Systems Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 9 schools offered some type of other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems program. 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 2 0
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Alternative Medicine & Systems Worth It?

The median salary for a other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems grad is $85,600 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 115% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $914,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other alternative and complementary medicine and medical systems.

Major Number of Grads
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 1,742
Holistic/Integrative Health 500
General Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems 412
Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy 322
Ayurvedic Medicine/Ayurveda 133
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology 126

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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