According to the University of Texas, when compared to a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Science degree is much more focused, requires more math and science courses and leads to a stronger technical background in a concentrated major. (See Reference 1) Students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree can major in many different subject areas, leading to a wide range of career possibilities after graduation.
Jobs in Health Care
Many jobs in the health care industry require at least a Bachelor of Science degree with an appropriate major. Nurses, nutritionists, speech pathologists and health fitness specialists are examples of possible career paths. (See Reference 2) According to an article in The Atlantic, since 2003, careers in health care have been on the rise over the last few years, growing ten times faster than the rest of the economy and adding 2.6 million jobs. (See Reference 3)
Many careers in the business sector require a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in an appropriate field, such as business, finance, management or economics. Careers available to those with a Bachelor of Science degree include accountants, real estate agents, stock brokers, financial analysts, financial planners or consultants, business economists, investment bankers, and traders. (See Reference 2)
While there are alternative routes to becoming a public school teacher, those aspiring to become teachers may need a Bachelor of Science degree, depending on what grade level or subject they want to teach. Some career paths with this degree include special education teachers, elementary or early childhood education teachers, health education and physical education instructors or coaches. (See Reference 2)
Careers in Science
As the name implies, jobs in the field of science usually require a Bachelor of Science degree. Students seeking this degree can choose from a wide variety of majors to become biologists, chemists, physicists and engineers. (See Reference 2) According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some of these careers do require a Ph.D or professional degree in order to do research in the field. (See Reference 4)
Houston area native Marie Anderson began writing education articles in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science and a Master of Science in education administration. She has seven years of teaching and coaching experience within the Texas public school system.