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A physiology degree examines life processes, from the molecular and cellular level, to tissues and organs, and explains how these interact together with the environment to produce beneficial results for the organism. With its focus on human biology and additional coursework in anatomy and physiology, a Bachelor's Degree in Physiology is an excellent alternative to a traditional biology degree for anyone seeking a career in medicine. This degree is also ideal for other health care professions, from dentistry to biotechnology.
Classes include gross human anatomy, exercise physiology, neuroanatomy & neurophysiology, and cardiopulmonary pathophysiology. Students learn to analyze specific functions of the human body in a variety of research and clinical settings. Students will also examine how disease affects bodily function, and how understanding physiology can lead to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to combat the mechanisms of disease.
The career trajectory of people with a Physiology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Physiology degrees have experience in is Exercise Physiologist, followed by Fitness Trainer, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Medical Assistant, Kinesiologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Personal Trainer, Scientist, and Medical Secretary.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Physical Therapist Assistant||1.1%||0.1%||18.9×|
|Occupational Therapist Assistant||1.0%||0.0%||42.6×|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologist||1.2%||0.0%||292.9×|
Physiology graduates earn on average $35k, putting them in the 40th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$20k|
|Median (average earners)||$35k|
|75th (top earners)||$50k|
Physiology graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||51%|