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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

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

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

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies:

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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

As you progress with your area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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?

People with a area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies degree often go into the following careers:

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*
The major attracts more women than men. About 66% of the recent graduates in this field are 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

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies made a median starting salary of $42,800 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,700 (25th percentile) and $49,100 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,230 to $85,450 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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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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. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies careers below.

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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 2018-2019, 798 schools offered a area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies program of some type. 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 187,512
Psychology 38,863
Social Sciences 22,817
Communication & Journalism 11,707
Library Science 5,644
History 4,418
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,917

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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