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Herbalism/Herbalist

18 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
15 Master's Degrees Annually
#106 in Popularity
$63,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Herbalism/Herbalist Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many herbalism/herbalist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Graduate Certificate 19
Bachelor’s Degree 18
Master’s Degree 15

What Herbalism/Herbalist Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to herbalism and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Herbalism Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in herbalism should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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 Herbalism Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to herbalism:

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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 Herbalism Majors

A major in herbalism 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 Herbalism/Herbalist Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with herbalism:

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

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Herbalism/Herbalist?

18 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
83% Percent Women
11% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 83% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Herbalism Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 15
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Herbalism/Herbalist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Herbalism 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 careers associated with herbalism require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 herbalism have obtained the following education levels.

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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 Herbalism/Herbalist Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 schools offered some type of herbalism/herbalist 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) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 1 1
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Herbalism/Herbalist Worth It?

The median salary for a herbalism 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 herbalism.

Major Number of Grads
Polarity Therapy 12
Reiki 9
Aromatherapy 0
Other Energy and Biologically Based Therapies 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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