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Rehabilitation Science

987 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
90 Master's Degrees Annually
#29 in Popularity
$89,150 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Rehabilitation Science Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many rehabilitation science graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 987
Master’s Degree 90
Doctor’s Degree 54
Basic Certificate 32
Graduate Certificate 1

What Rehabilitation Science Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to rehabilitation science 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 Rehabilitation Science Majors

Rehabilitation Science majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Rehabilitation Science Majors

When studying rehabilitation science, 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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  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Rehabilitation Science Majors

As a rehabilitation science major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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 Rehabilitation Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with rehabilitation science:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Life Scientists 9.0% $78,190
Rehabilitation Counselors 12.7% $35,630

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science?

987 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
83% Percent Women
44% 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 rehabilitation science majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Rehabilitation Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 49
Black or African American 54
Hispanic or Latino 304
White 507
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 61

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Rehabilitation Science, too. About 1.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Rehabilitation Science Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $39,930 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to rehabilitation science. 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 careers associated with rehabilitation science 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for rehabilitation science careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 9.0%
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) 1.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 21.6%
Master’s Degree 45.1%
Doctoral Degree 9.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 7.7%

Online Rehabilitation Science Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 45 schools offered some type of rehabilitation science 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) 2 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 2 1
Master’s Degree 13 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 20 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Rehabilitation Science Worth It?

The median salary for a rehabilitation science grad is $89,150 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 123% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $985,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to rehabilitation science.

Major Number of Grads
Physical Therapy/Therapist 12,865
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 9,142
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1,232
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 1,079
Other Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 1,062
Art Therapy/Therapist 711
Music Therapy 655
Orthotist/Prosthetist 333
Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist 144
Assistive/Augmentative Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering 104
Dance Therapy/Therapist 37
Animal-Assisted Therapy 31

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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