Theology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
26,778
declining 16.8%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$8,073
declining 24.5%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$25,430
growing 8.2%
Average Wage
$55,305
growing 2.87%
People in Workforce
314,186
growing 2.43%
Average Employee Age
47.6
growing 0.503%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Theology degree recipients are Lynchburg, VA, Chicago, IL, and New York, NY. The locations with a relatively high number of Theology degree recipients are Palmer, AK, El Dorado Hills, CA, and Mundelein, IL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Theology is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Theology and the types of students that study this field. Liberty University awards the most degrees in Theology in the US, but Associated Beth Rivkah Schools and Word of Life Bible Institute have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Theology.

Tuition costs for Theology majors are, on average, $8,073 for in-state public colleges, and $25,430 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Theology programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (613 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (25,809 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Theology, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (25,809 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Theology programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,073
Median In-State Public
$25,430
Median Out of State Private

Liberty University has the most Theology degree recipients, with 2,079 degrees awarded in 2020.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Theology.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Theology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Associated Beth Rivkah Schools has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Theology, with 100%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Theology

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Theology by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Theology.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Theology graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Theology majors is $55,305 and the most common occupations are Clergy, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Other managers.

The industry that employs the most Theology majors is Religious organizations, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Spectator sports.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$55,305
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,368
2.87%
1 Year Growth
± 5.98%

The average salary for Theology majors is $55,305 and the most common occupations are Clergy, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Other managers.

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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 Theology majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

The most common occupations Theology majors, by number of employees, are Clergy, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Other managers.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Theology majors working as Clergy, Directors, religious activities & education, and Religious workers, all other.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations by median income for Theology majors are Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, and Diagnostic medical sonographers.

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Occupations by Share

314,186
2020 Workforce
± 13,747
2.43%
1 Year Growth
± 6.08%

The number of Theology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.43%, from 306,719 in 2019 to 314,186 in 2020.

The largest single share of Theology graduates go on to work as Clergy (27.2%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Theology by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Highest Paid

The highest paying industries of Theology majors, by average wage, are Spectator sports, Software publishing, and Natural gas distribution.

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Industries by Share

314,186
2020 Workforce
± 13,747
2.43%
1 Year Growth
± 6.08%

The number of Theology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.43%, from 306,719 in 2019 to 314,186 in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Theology graduates by share is Religious organizations, followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Theology.

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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 Theology majors.

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Diversity

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

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Theology is 47.6.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Theology degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Theology (16,115 students).

Workforce Age

47.6
Average Age in 2020
± 0.626 Years
0.503%
1 Year Change
± 1.86%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Theology. The most common ages of employees with this major are 58 and 59 years old, which represent 2.66% and 2.56% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Theology are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (61.3%)
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 Theology.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    16,115 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    3,199 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,950 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Theology 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 Male
    4,975 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    2,615 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    923 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Masters Degree recipients in Theology. White Male 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

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Korea
    5,902 degree recipients
  2. Mexico
    3,031 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    2,423 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Korea
    6.48 times more than expected
  2. Togo
    5.04 times more than expected
  3. Switzerland
    4.93 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Korea that hold Theology degrees (6.48 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 (5,902 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Theology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Theology majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Theology majors need more than the average amount of Coordination, Instructing, and Operations Analysis.

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 Theology 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 Coordination is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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