Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
16,252
growing 0.544%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,719
growing 0.0389%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$36,082
growing 2.57%
Average Wage
$83,766
declining 1.45%
People in Workforce
345,331
growing 2.95%
Average Employee Age
45
growing 1.3%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Philosophy and Religious Studies degree recipients are New York, NY, Lynchburg, VA, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Philosophy and Religious Studies degree recipients are Conception, MO, Wyncote, PA, and Epworth, IA. 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 California Graduate School of Theology and St. John Vianney College Seminary have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Tuition costs for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors are, on average, $7,719 for in-state public colleges, and $36,082 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 (755 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (9,226 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 (9,226 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

$7,719
Median In-State Public
$36,082
Median Out of State Private

Liberty University has the most Philosophy and Religious Studies degree recipients, with 898 degrees awarded in 2019.

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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, California Graduate School of Theology has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies, with 100%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Philosophy and Religious Studies

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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 $83,766 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 Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$83,766
Average Wage in Workforce
± $4,209
1.45%
1 Year Growth
± 7.31%

The average salary for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors is $83,766 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, Religious workers, all other, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

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Occupations by Share

345,331
2019 Workforce
± 14,411
2.95%
1 Year Growth
± 5.77%

The number of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.95%, from 335,436 in 2018 to 345,331 in 2019.

The largest single share of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates go on to work as Clergy (10.2%). 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

345,331
2019 Workforce
± 14,411
2.95%
1 Year Growth
± 5.77%

The number of Philosophy and Religious Studies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.95%, from 335,436 in 2018 to 345,331 in 2019.

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 for those who earn a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies is 45.

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 are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies (9,851 students).

Workforce Age

45
Average Age in 2019
± 0.597 Years
1.3%
1 Year Change
± 1.86%

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 29 and 34 years old, which represent 3.25% and 3.2% 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 (59.5%)
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
    9,851 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,942 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    1,022 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
    4,544 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    2,910 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    870 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
    3,498 degree recipients
  2. Canada
    3,264 degree recipients
  3. India
    3,002 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Sri Lanka
    19.7 times more than expected
  2. Spain
    9.11 times more than expected
  3. France
    8.26 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Sri Lanka that hold Philosophy and Religious Studies degrees (19.7 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 (3,498 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 Quality Control Analysis, Programming, and Science.

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 Quality Control Analysis is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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