Comparative Literature

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

1,154

growing 3.59%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$9,273

growing 2.05%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$50,537

growing 3.96%

Average Wage

$70,950

growing 1.64%

People in Workforce

486,746

growing 3.25%

Average Employee Age

44.2

growing 0.634%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Comparative Literature degree recipients are Santa Cruz, CA, New York, NY, and . The locations with a relatively high number of Comparative Literature degree recipients are Santa Cruz, CA, Oberlin, OH, and Williamstown, MA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Comparative Literature is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Comparative Literature and the types of students that study this field. University of California-Santa Cruz awards the most degrees in Comparative Literature in the US, but University of California-Santa Cruz and Ramapo College of New Jersey have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Comparative Literature.

Tuition costs for Comparative Literature majors are, on average, $9,273 for in-state public colleges, and $50,537 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Comparative Literature programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (55 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (785 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Comparative Literature, is Public, 4-year or above (785 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$9,273

Median In-State Public

$50,537

Median Out of State Private

University of California-Santa Cruz has the most Comparative Literature degree recipients, with 175 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Comparative Literature programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, University of California-Santa Cruz and Ramapo College of New Jersey have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Comparative Literature, with 3.6% and 3.02%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Comparative Literature

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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 industry that employs the most Language & Linguistics majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Household appliances & electrical & electronic goods merchant wholesalers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$70,950

Average Wage in Workforce

± $2,749

1.64%

1 Year Growth

± 5.41%

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Language & Linguistics majors are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Lodging managers.

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Occupations by Share

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486,746

2018 Workforce

± 17,101

3.25%

1 Year Growth

± 4.85%

The number of Language & Linguistics graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.25%, from 471,403 in 2017 to 486,746 in 2018.

The largest single share of Language & Linguistics graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (9.3%). 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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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

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486,746

2018 Workforce

± 17,101

3.25%

1 Year Growth

± 4.85%

The number of Language & Linguistics graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.25%, from 471,403 in 2017 to 486,746 in 2018.

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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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 44.2, 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 (550) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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44.2

Average Age in 2018

± 0.487 Years

0.634%

1 Year Change

± 1.56%

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 32 years old, which represent 3.29% and 2.99% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Comparative Literature are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

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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 (65.9%)

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

    550 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    252 degrees awarded

  3. Non-resident Alien

    135 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Comparative Literature 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

    269 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Female

    155 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    132 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Comparative Literature. 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

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Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Mexico

    9,164 degree recipients

  2. Korea

    9,105 degree recipients

  3. China

    6,651 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Belgium

    8.93 times more than expected

  2. Switzerland

    7.28 times more than expected

  3. Bulgaria

    5.68 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Belgium that hold Language & Linguistics degrees (8.93 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 (9,164 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Comparative Literature field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Comparative Literature majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Comparative Literature majors need more than the average amount of Learning Strategies, Reading Comprehension, and Instructing.

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