General English Language & Literature

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
42,666
declining 1.63%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,024
growing 2.24%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$32,218
growing 2.39%
Average Wage
$75,096
growing 1.01%
People in Workforce
1.48M
declining 0.408%
Average Employee Age
43.8
growing 0.44%

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The locations with the highest concentration of General English Language & Literature degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and South Hooksett, NH. The locations with a relatively high number of General English Language & Literature degree recipients are Centreville, VA, Wheaton, MD, and North Adams, MA. The most common degree awarded to students studying General English Language & Literature is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

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. Southern New Hampshire University awards the most degrees in General English Language & Literature in the US, but Columbia College (479248) and Columbia Institute have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General English Language & Literature.

Tuition costs for General English Language & Literature majors are, on average, $7,024 for in-state public colleges, and $32,218 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers General English Language & Literature programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (798 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (28,081 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in General English Language & Literature

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in General English Language & Literature, is Public, 4-year or above (28,081 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,024
Median In-State Public
$32,218
Median Out of State Private

Southern New Hampshire University has the most General English Language & Literature degree recipients, with 702 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 87%
  2. 81.8%
  3. 58.2%

Out of all institutions that offer General English Language & Literature programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Columbia College (479248) has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General English Language & Literature, with 87%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in General English Language & 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 English graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for English majors is $75,096 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

The industry that employs the most English majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Wholesale electronic markets & agents & brokers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$75,096
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,690
1.01%
1 Year Growth
± 3.2%

The average salary for English majors is $75,096 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of English majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that English 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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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of English majors working as Proofreaders & copy markers, Editors, and Writers & authors.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for English majors are Computer and information research scientists, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

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1.48M
2019 Workforce
± 29,716
0.408%
1 Year Growth
± 2.85%

The number of English graduates in the workforce has been declining at a rate of 0.408%, from 1.49M in 2018 to 1.48M in 2019.

The largest single share of English graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (6.2%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in English by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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The most common industries that employ English majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Legal services.

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General English Language & Literature is from the 2 Digit Course English.
1.48M
2019 Workforce
± 29,716
0.408%
1 Year Growth
± 2.85%

The number of English graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.408%, from 1.49M in 2018 to 1.48M in 2019.

The industry which employs the most English 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 English.

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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 English majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in English in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in English is 43.8.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold English degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in English (26,775 students).

Workforce Age

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43.8
Average Age in 2019
± 0.27 Years
0.44%
1 Year Change
± 0.866%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in English. The most common ages of employees with this major are 33 and 48 years old, which represent 2.99% and 2.83% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in General English Language & Literature are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General English Language & Literature is from the 2 Digit Course English.

The most common degree types held by the working population in English are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (71.3%)
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
    26,775 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    6,802 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    3,026 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in General English Language & 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
    15,755 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    6,232 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    3,682 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in General English Language & 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

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General English Language & Literature is from the 2 Digit Course English.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. China
    18,810 degree recipients
  2. India
    14,008 degree recipients
  3. Korea
    10,590 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Kazakhstan
    5.78 times more than expected
  2. Japan
    5.49 times more than expected
  3. Syria
    4.88 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Kazakhstan that hold English degrees (5.78 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 China (18,810 degree recipients).

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Skills

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, Reading Comprehension, and Instructing.

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, Writing, and Instructing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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