Rhetoric & Composition

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

3,305

declining 8.42%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,041

growing 8.83%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$35,060

growing 4.59%

Average Wage

$71,247

growing 1.82%

People in Workforce

1.46M

growing 0.294%

Average Employee Age

43.8

growing 0.469%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Rhetoric & Composition degree recipients are Minneapolis, MN, Albany, NY, and George Mason, VA. The locations with a relatively high number of Rhetoric & Composition degree recipients are St. Joseph, MN, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, PA, and Crawfordsville, IN. The most common degree awarded to students studying Rhetoric & Composition is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Rhetoric & Composition and the types of students that study this field. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities awards the most degrees in Rhetoric & Composition in the US, but Oglethorpe University and College of Saint Benedict have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Rhetoric & Composition.

Tuition costs for Rhetoric & Composition majors are, on average, $7,041 for in-state public colleges, and $35,060 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Rhetoric & Composition programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (92 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (2,933 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Rhetoric & Composition

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Rhetoric & Composition, is Public, 4-year or above (2,933 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,041

Median In-State Public

$35,060

Median Out of State Private

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has the most Rhetoric & Composition degree recipients, with 270 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Rhetoric & Composition programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Oglethorpe University and College of Saint Benedict have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Rhetoric & Composition, with 13.5% and 10%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Rhetoric & Composition

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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 $71,247 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 Electric & gas, and other combinations.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$71,247

Average Wage in Workforce

± $1,621

1.82%

1 Year Growth

± 3.19%

The average salary for English majors is $71,247 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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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 Editors, Technical writers, and Writers & authors.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for English majors are Physicians & surgeons, Dentists, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

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1.46M

2017 Workforce

± 29,505

0.294%

1 Year Growth

± 2.85%

The number of English graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.294%, from 1.45M in 2016 to 1.46M in 2017.

The largest single share of English graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (8.82%). 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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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Rhetoric & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course English.

1.46M

2017 Workforce

± 29,505

0.294%

1 Year Growth

± 2.85%

The number of English graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.294%, from 1.45M in 2016 to 1.46M in 2017.

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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Rhetoric & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course English.

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 on those who earn a degree in English in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in English is 43.8, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold English degrees, and White students earn the majority (2,046) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Rhetoric & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course English.

43.8

Average Age in 2017

± 0.273 Years

0.469%

1 Year Change

± 0.882%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in English. The most common ages of employees with this major are 46 and 28 years old, which represent 2.87% and 2.8% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Rhetoric & Composition are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Rhetoric & Composition 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 (64.4%)

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

    2,046 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    391 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    384 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Rhetoric & Composition 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

    1,178 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    654 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    239 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Rhetoric & Composition. 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 6 Digit Course Rhetoric & Composition is from the 2 Digit Course English.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. China

    15,561 degree recipients

  2. India

    14,395 degree recipients

  3. Korea

    11,770 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Japan

    6.04 times more than expected

  2. Morocco

    4.89 times more than expected

  3. France

    4.39 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Japan that hold English degrees (6.04 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 (15,561 degree recipients).

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Skills

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

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 Rhetoric & Composition 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 Writing is very distinctive for majors, but the Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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