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General Health & Wellness

3,278 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
352 Master's Degrees Annually
#10 in Popularity
$43,480 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Health & Wellness Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general health and wellness graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,475
Associate Degree 662
Master’s Degree 361
Basic Certificate 309
Graduate Certificate 141
Undergraduate Certificate 42
Doctor’s Degree 16

What General Health & Wellness Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, health and wellness 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 Health and Wellness Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in health and wellness 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Health and Wellness Majors

A major in health and wellness prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Health and Wellness Majors

Health and Wellness majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a General Health & Wellness Major?

People with a health and wellness degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Community Health Workers 17.9% $39,540
Health Educators 14.6% $54,220

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in General Health & Wellness?

3,475 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
75% Percent Women
45% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 75% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of health and wellness majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 187
Black or African American 641
Hispanic or Latino 554
White 1,796
International Students 38
Other Races/Ethnicities 259

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Health and Wellness, too. About 1.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do General Health & Wellness Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $43,480 to $59,660 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to health and wellness. This range includes 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.

Median Salary for a General Health & Wellness Major  ( 43480 to 59660 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with health and wellness require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.4%
Some College Courses 1.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 40.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.9%
Master’s Degree 10.1%
Doctoral Degree 0.4%

Online General Health & Wellness Programs

In 2019-2020, 211 schools offered a health and wellness 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) 5 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 34 9
Bachelor’s Degree 23 11
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 27 11
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 2 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Health & Wellness Worth It?

The median salary for a health and wellness grad is $43,480 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 9% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $71,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to health and wellness.

Major Number of Grads
General Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 26,642

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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