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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 3,280
Associate’s Degree 760
Master’s Degree 352
Basic Certificate 330
Graduate Certificate 130
Doctor’s Degree 15
Undergraduate Certificate 3

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

Health and Wellness 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.
  • 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

health and wellness majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with health and wellness:

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?

3,280 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
75% Percent Women
47% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 75% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Health and Wellness Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 207
Black or African American 618
Hispanic or Latino 558
White 1,658
International Students 21
Other Races/Ethnicities 218

Geographic Diversity

Health and Wellness appeals to people across the globe. About 0.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do General Health & Wellness Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Health and Wellness majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $43,480 to $59,660 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes 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.

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 a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some degrees associated with health and wellness 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.

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 2018-2019, 195 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) 17 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 34 9
Bachelor’s Degree 21 8
Post-Baccalaureate 17 1
Master’s Degree 26 13
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 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 21,078

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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