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General English Language & Literature&

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Total Degrees
Awarded in 2015
declining -6.02%
Median In-State
Public Tuition
growing 3.66%
Median Out-of-State
Private Tuition
growing 3.36%
Average Wage
growing 1.51%
People in Workforce
growing 2.58%
Average Employee Age
growing 0.43%


Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General English Language & Literature and the types of students that study this field. Florida State University awards the most degrees in graphic design in the US, but Columbia College and Los Angeles ORT College-Van Nuys Campus have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General English Language & Literature. Tuition costs for General English Language & Literature majors are, on average, $6,593 for in-state public colleges, and $30,774 for out of state private colleges. The largest share of institutions with General English Language & Literature programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions.


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Information on the businesses and industries that employ English graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most English majors both by share and by number, though the highest paying industry for English majors, by average wage, is Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing.


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Demographic information on those who earn a degree in English in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in English is 43.4, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelor's degree. Female employees are more likey to hold English degrees, and White students earn the majority (32,412) of the degrees.

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Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the General English Language & Literature field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. General English Language & Literature majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that General English Language & Literature majors need more than the average amount of Learning Strategies, Instructing, 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 English Language & Literature 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 Learning Strategies is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Learning Strategies, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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