Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

16,288

declining 6.65%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,238

growing 2.52%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$33,230

growing 3.79%

Average Wage

$77,764

declining 2.39%

People in Workforce

335,846

growing 0.694%

Average Employee Age

44.8

growing 0.54%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Philosophy and Religious Studies degree recipients are Lynchburg, VA, New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Philosophy and Religious Studies degree recipients are Euless, TX, Conception, MO, and Shrewsbury, MO. The most common degree awarded to students studying Philosophy and Religious Studies is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies and the types of students that study this field. Liberty University awards the most degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies in the US, but Saint John Vianney College Seminary and Messenger College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Tuition costs for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors are, on average, $7,238 for in-state public colleges, and $33,230 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Philosophy and Religious Studies programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (752 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (9,625 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (9,625 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Philosophy and Religious Studies programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,238

Median In-State Public

$33,230

Median Out of State Private

Liberty University has the most Philosophy and Religious Studies degree recipients, with 1,225 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Philosophy and Religious Studies programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Saint John Vianney College Seminary and Messenger College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies 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 Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors is $77,764 and the most common occupations are Clergy, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Postsecondary teachers.

The industry that employs the most Philosophy and Religious Studies majors is Religious organizations, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$77,764

Average Wage in Workforce

± $3,632

2.39%

1 Year Growth

± 7.02%

The average salary for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors is $77,764 and the most common occupations are Clergy, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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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 Philosophy and Religious Studies majors.

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Occupations

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Philosophy and Religious Studies majors working as Clergy, Directors, religious activities & education, and Judicial law clerks.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations by median income for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors are Dentists, Financial analysts, and Physicians & surgeons.

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Occupations by Share

335,846

2017 Workforce

± 14,212

0.694%

1 Year Growth

± 5.95%

The number of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.694%, from 333,532 in 2016 to 335,846 in 2017.

The largest single share of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates go on to work as Clergy (10.5%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Philosophy and Religious Studies by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

335,846

2017 Workforce

± 14,212

0.694%

1 Year Growth

± 5.95%

The number of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.694%, from 333,532 in 2016 to 335,846 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates by share is Religious organizations, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

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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 Philosophy and Religious Studies majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies is 44.8, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Philosophy and Religious Studies degrees, and White students earn the majority (10,488) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

44.8

Average Age in 2017

± 0.609 Years

0.54%

1 Year Change

± 1.93%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 33 and 31 years old, which represent 3.21% and 3.18% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Philosophy and Religious Studies 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 Philosophy and Religious Studies are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (60.6%)

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

    10,488 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,629 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    1,133 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies 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 Male

    5,132 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    3,097 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    837 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Philosophy and Religious Studies. White Male 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

    3,428 degree recipients

  2. India

    3,282 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    2,944 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Egypt

    5.14 times more than expected

  2. Japan

    4.92 times more than expected

  3. South Africa

    4.45 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Egypt that hold Philosophy and Religious Studies degrees (5.14 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 (3,428 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Philosophy and Religious Studies field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Philosophy and Religious Studies majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Philosophy and Religious Studies majors need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Operations Analysis.

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 Philosophy and Religious Studies 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 Science is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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