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Medical Illustration & Informatics

113 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,235 Master's Degrees Annually
#18 in Popularity
$93,350 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Illustration & Informatics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical illustration and informatics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,235
Graduate Certificate 122
Bachelor’s Degree 113
Doctor’s Degree 61
Associate’s Degree 44
Basic Certificate 34
Undergraduate Certificate 15

What Medical Illustration & Informatics Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, medical illustration 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 Medical Illustration Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for Medical Illustration Majors

When studying medical illustration, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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.

Abilities for Medical Illustration Majors

As a medical illustration major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Medical Illustration & Informatics Major?

People with a medical illustration degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Business Intelligence Analysts 9.3% $90,270
Computer and Information Research Scientists 19.0% $118,370
Data Warehousing Specialists 9.3% $90,270
Database Architects 9.3% $90,270
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 6.8% $49,380
Software Developers, Applications 30.7% $103,620

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Illustration & Informatics?

113 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen healthcare majors. It is the 18th most popular in the country with 113 students graduating with a bachelor’s in medical illustration in 2019. The major attracts more women than men. About 78% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Illustration Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 24
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 64
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Medical Illustration. About 4.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Nigeria
  • Nepal

How Much Do Medical Illustration & Informatics Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that medical illustration and informatics students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $47,900 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $39,150 (25th percentile) and $54,900 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a medical illustration degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,370 to $108,080 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to medical illustration. 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.

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Some degrees associated with medical illustration 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 medical illustration careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 4.3%
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) 1.1%
Some College Courses 7.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 60.9%
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. 1.5%
Master’s Degree 17.9%
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. 0.3%
Doctoral Degree 4.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.5%

Online Medical Illustration & Informatics Programs

In 2018-2019, 149 schools offered a medical illustration 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) 8 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 8 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 18 1
Bachelor’s Degree 35 14
Post-Baccalaureate 8 2
Master’s Degree 84 43
Post-Master’s 14 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 20 2
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical Illustration & Informatics Worth It?

The median salary for a medical illustration grad is $93,350 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 134% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,069,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical illustration.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 305,309
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,559
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Health Sciences & Services 25,948
Communication Sciences 21,606
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,767
Medicine 19,720
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 11,961
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,279
Other Health Professions 8,168
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 5,877
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,576
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Chiropractic 2,608
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,685
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Medical Science 809
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 782
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 597
Podiatry 579
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 444
Alternative Medical Support Services 191
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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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