General Foreign Languages & Literatures

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

2,749

declining 0.507%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,768

growing 2.49%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$35,655

growing 0.408%

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 General Foreign Languages & Literatures degree recipients are North Highlands, CA, Blacksburg, VA, and Morgantown, WV. The locations with a relatively high number of General Foreign Languages & Literatures degree recipients are Fredericksburg, VA, University Park, NM, and Gambier, OH. The most common degree awarded to students studying General Foreign Languages & Literatures is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General Foreign Languages & Literatures and the types of students that study this field. American River College awards the most degrees in General Foreign Languages & Literatures in the US, but Virginia Military Institute and New College of Florida have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Foreign Languages & Literatures.

Tuition costs for General Foreign Languages & Literatures majors are, on average, $6,768 for in-state public colleges, and $35,655 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers General Foreign Languages & Literatures programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (139 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (2,288 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Foreign Languages & Literatures

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in General Foreign Languages & Literatures, is Public, 4-year or above (2,288 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,768

Median In-State Public

$35,655

Median Out of State Private

American River College has the most General Foreign Languages & Literatures degree recipients, with 103 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer General Foreign Languages & Literatures programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Virginia Military Institute and New College of Florida have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Foreign Languages & Literatures, with 4.45% and 3.53%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Foreign Languages & Literatures

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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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Foreign Languages & Literatures is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

$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

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Language & Linguistics majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Miscellaneous managers.

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Most Specialized

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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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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Language & Linguistics majors are Credit counselors & loan officers, Real estate brokers & sales agents, and Dentists.

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Occupations by Share

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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

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Foreign Languages & Literatures is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

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

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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 (1,519) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Foreign Languages & Literatures is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

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 General Foreign Languages & Literatures are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and Masters Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Foreign Languages & Literatures is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

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 (69.2%)

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

    1,519 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    656 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    154 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in General Foreign Languages & Literatures 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

    842 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    430 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    342 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in General Foreign Languages & Literatures. 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Foreign Languages & Literatures is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

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 General Foreign Languages & Literatures field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. General Foreign Languages & Literatures majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that General Foreign Languages & Literatures majors need more than the average amount of Active Listening, Speaking, and Writing.

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 General Foreign Languages & Literatures 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 Active Listening is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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