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$55,230 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,603
Graduate Certificate 576
Doctor’s Degree 371

What Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Majors

Area, Ethnic, Culture, and Gender Studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Majors

A major in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Majors

A major in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Professors 10.4% $74,440
Interpreters and Translators 17.7% $49,930

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies?

1,603 Master's Degrees Annually
66% Percent Women
39% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 66% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 86
Black or African American 167
Hispanic or Latino 223
White 628
International Students 285
Other Races/Ethnicities 214

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies, too. About 17.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies have a median salary of $42,800 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,700 (25th percentile) and $49,100 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Area, Ethnic, Culture, and Gender Studies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $55,230 to $85,450 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Major  ( 55230 to 85450 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 17.0%
Master’s Degree 29.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 5.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.8%
Doctoral Degree 41.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.7%

Online Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 798 schools offered some type of area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 195 8
Certificate (1-2 years) 35 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 15 1
Associate’s Degree 165 4
Bachelor’s Degree 200 16
Post-Baccalaureate 195 8
Master’s Degree 371 10
Post-Master’s 46 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 135 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Worth It?

The median salary for a area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies grad is $55,230 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 38% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $306,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies.

Major Number of Grads
Education 306,739
Social Sciences 203,399
Psychology 177,655
Communication & Journalism 122,154
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 59,281
History 32,806
Library Science 6,204

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