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135 Master's Degrees Annually
$63,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Traditional Chinese Medicine Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 135
Graduate Certificate 20
Doctor’s Degree 14

What Traditional Chinese Medicine Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology 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 Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology Majors

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Skills for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology Majors

A major in traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology 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.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology Majors

A major in traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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 Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Traditional Chinese Medicine Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Midwives 12.5% $54,620

How Much Do Traditional Chinese Medicine Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology majors often go into careers with median salaries of $63,340. This median refers to 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 traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 11.6%
Some College Courses 10.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 21.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 16.0%
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. 16.8%
Master’s Degree 29.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 3.0%

Online Traditional Chinese Medicine Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 schools offered some type of traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology 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 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 9 0
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine Worth It?

The median salary for a traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology grad is $63,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 59% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $468,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to traditional Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology.

Major Number of Grads
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 2,067
General Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems 413
Naturopathic Medicine/Naturopathy 390
Holistic Health 369
Ayurvedic Medicine/Ayurveda 98
Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems 70
Homeopathic Medicine/Homeopathy 0

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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