Language & Linguistics

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

35,298

declining 3.86%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,408

growing 3.18%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$40,263

growing 4.17%

Average Wage

$69,808

growing 3.66%

People in Workforce

471,403

growing 4.9%

Average Employee Age

43.9

declining 0.758%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Language & Linguistics degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Madison, WI. The locations with a relatively high number of Language & Linguistics degree recipients are Middlebury, VT, Appleton, WI, and Grinnell, IA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Language & Linguistics is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Language & Linguistics and the types of students that study this field. University of Wisconsin-Madison awards the most degrees in Language & Linguistics in the US, but Zaytuna College and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Language & Linguistics.

Tuition costs for Language & Linguistics majors are, on average, $7,408 for in-state public colleges, and $40,263 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Language & Linguistics programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (596 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (21,180 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Language & Linguistics

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Language & Linguistics, is Public, 4-year or above (21,180 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Language & Linguistics programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,408

Median In-State Public

$40,263

Median Out of State Private

University of Wisconsin-Madison has the most Language & Linguistics degree recipients, with 486 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Language & Linguistics.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Language & Linguistics programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Zaytuna College and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Language & Linguistics, with 94.7% and 25.6%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Language & Linguistics

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Language & Linguistics by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Language & Linguistics graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Language & Linguistics majors is $69,808 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Miscellaneous managers.

The industry that employs the most Language & Linguistics majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. .

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$69,808

Average Wage in Workforce

± $2,729

3.66%

1 Year Growth

± 5.51%

The average salary for Language & Linguistics majors is $69,808 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Miscellaneous managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Language & Linguistics majors.

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Occupations

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Language & Linguistics majors working as Miscellaneous media & communication workers, Librarians, and Archivists, curators, & museum technicians.

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Occupations by Share

471,403

2017 Workforce

± 16,830

4.9%

1 Year Growth

± 4.87%

The number of Language & Linguistics graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.9%, from 449,375 in 2016 to 471,403 in 2017.

The largest single share of Language & Linguistics graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (10.4%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Language & Linguistics by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

471,403

2017 Workforce

± 16,830

4.9%

1 Year Growth

± 4.87%

The number of Language & Linguistics graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.9%, from 449,375 in 2016 to 471,403 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Language & Linguistics graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Language & Linguistics.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Language & Linguistics majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Language & Linguistics in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Language & Linguistics is 43.9, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Language & Linguistics degrees, and White students earn the majority (19,609) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

43.9

Average Age in 2017

± 0.49 Years

0.758%

1 Year Change

± 1.62%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Language & Linguistics. The most common ages of employees with this major are 47 and 30 years old, which represent 3.16% and 3.16% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Language & Linguistics are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Language & Linguistics are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (69.9%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    19,609 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7,609 degrees awarded

  3. Non-resident Alien

    2,159 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Language & Linguistics for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Female

    10,420 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    4,963 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    3,966 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Language & Linguistics. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Korea

    8,164 degree recipients

  2. Mexico

    7,287 degree recipients

  3. China

    6,012 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Belgium

    9.62 times more than expected

  2. Bulgaria

    7.42 times more than expected

  3. Spain

    6.71 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Belgium that hold Language & Linguistics degrees (9.62 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Korea (8,164 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Language & Linguistics field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Language & Linguistics majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Language & Linguistics majors need more than the average amount of Programming, Operations Analysis, and Systems Evaluation.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Language & Linguistics majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Programming is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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