Types of Degrees Housing Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many housing graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Housing Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, housing majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Housing Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in housing should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Skills for Housing Majors
When studying housing, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- 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.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Abilities for Housing Majors
A major in housing will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- 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.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
What Can You Do With a Housing Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with housing:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Farm and Home Management Advisors||7.7%||$49,840|
|Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners||10.9%||$49,370|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Housing?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of housing majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||6|
|Hispanic or Latino||1|
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Housing. About 20.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
How Much Do Housing Majors Make?
Salaries According to BLS
Housing majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $52,700 to $59,120 (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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Housing
Some degrees associated with housing 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 housing careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||2.6%|
|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)||2.2%|
|Some College Courses||12.2%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||5.2%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||2.7%|
|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.||2.7%|
Online Housing Programs
In 2018-2019, 40 schools offered a housing 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)||10||1|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||1||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||4||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Housing Worth It?
The median salary for a housing grad is $53,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 35% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $276,600 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Housing
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to housing.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Human Development & Family Studies||43,687|
|Food, Nutrition & Related Services||5,318|
|General Family & Consumer Sciences||3,753|
|Textile & Apparel Studies||3,476|
|Family & Consumer Economics||1,593|
|Human Sciences Business Services||477|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other)||192|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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