American Sign Language (ASL)

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
883
growing 4%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$5,638
growing 1.01%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$28,125
growing 1.8%
Average Wage
$73,922
growing 2.89%
People in Workforce
481,891
growing 2.28%
Average Employee Age
44
declining 0.00133%

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The locations with the highest concentration of American Sign Language (ASL) degree recipients are Eau Claire, WI, Philadelphia, PA, and Bakersfield, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of American Sign Language (ASL) degree recipients are Blythe, CA, Maryville, TN, and Champ, MO. The most common degree awarded to students studying American Sign Language (ASL) is a associates degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in American Sign Language (ASL) and the types of students that study this field. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire awards the most degrees in American Sign Language (ASL) in the US, but Gallaudet University and North Central University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in American Sign Language (ASL).

Tuition costs for American Sign Language (ASL) majors are, on average, $5,638 for in-state public colleges, and $28,125 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers American Sign Language (ASL) programs are Public, 2-year institutions (49 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (431 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in American Sign Language (ASL)

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in American Sign Language (ASL), is Public, 2-year (431 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$5,638
Median In-State Public
$28,125
Median Out of State Private

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has the most American Sign Language (ASL) degree recipients, with 61 degrees awarded in 2020.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer American Sign Language (ASL) programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Gallaudet University has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in American Sign Language (ASL), with 7.09%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in American Sign Language (ASL)

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in American Sign Language (ASL) 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 $73,922 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Secondary school teachers.

The industry that employs the most Language & Linguistics majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Sound recording industries.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.
$73,922
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,862
2.89%
1 Year Growth
± 5.4%

The average salary for Language & Linguistics majors is $73,922 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Secondary school teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

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

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

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

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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 Interpreters and translators, Librarians and media collections specialists, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Highest Paid

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

The highest paid occupations by median income for Language & Linguistics majors are Surgeons, Sales engineers, and Physicians.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.
481,891
2020 Workforce
± 17,015
2.28%
1 Year Growth
± 4.91%

The number of Language & Linguistics graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.28%, from 471,130 in 2019 to 481,891 in 2020.

The largest single share of Language & Linguistics graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (8.5%). 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 American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.
481,891
2020 Workforce
± 17,015
2.28%
1 Year Growth
± 4.91%

The number of Language & Linguistics graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.28%, from 471,130 in 2019 to 481,891 in 2020.

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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.

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

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Language & Linguistics majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Language & Linguistics in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Language & Linguistics is 44.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Associates Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Language & Linguistics degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Language & Linguistics (499 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.
44
Average Age in 2020
± 0.484 Years
0.00133%
1 Year Change
± 1.57%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Language & Linguistics. The most common ages of employees with this major are 30 and 33 years old, which represent 3.2% and 2.93% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in American Sign Language (ASL) are Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, and 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) 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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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (83.9%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in American Sign Language (ASL).

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    499 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    224 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    49 degrees awarded

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

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Female
    142 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    111 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    19 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Associates Degree recipients in American Sign Language (ASL). White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and sex.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course American Sign Language (ASL) is from the 2 Digit Course Language & Linguistics.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    8,402 degree recipients
  2. China
    7,503 degree recipients
  3. Korea
    7,130 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Belgium
    10.6 times more than expected
  2. Algeria
    7.5 times more than expected
  3. Finland
    6.59 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Belgium that hold Language & Linguistics degrees (10.6 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 Mexico (8,402 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the American Sign Language (ASL) field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. American Sign Language (ASL) majors need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that American Sign Language (ASL) majors need more than the average amount of Technology Design, Programming, and Active Listening.

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 American Sign Language (ASL) 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 Technology Design is very distinctive for majors, but the Speaking, Reading Comprehension, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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