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Germanic Languages

130 Master's Degrees Annually
77 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#225 in Popularity (Master's)
$64,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Germanic Languages Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many Germanic languages graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 130
Doctor’s Degree 77

What Germanic Languages Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to German 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 German Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for German Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to German:

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  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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 German Majors

As a German major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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

What Can You Do With a Germanic Languages Major?

People with a German degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Foreign Language and Literature Professors 11.7% $67,640
Interpreters and Translators 17.7% $49,930
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Germanic Languages?

130 Master's Degrees Annually
57% Percent Women
11% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 57% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of German majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of German Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 74
International Students 36
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in German. About 27.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Germany
  • China
  • Austria
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

How Much Do Germanic Languages Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,230 to $79,160 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to German. 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 a Germanic Languages Major  ( 55230 to 79160 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some degrees associated with German 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 German careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.3%
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) 0.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 41.2%
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. 7.2%
Master’s Degree 23.0%
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. 4.3%
Doctoral Degree 21.5%

Online Germanic Languages Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 395 schools offered some type of Germanic languages 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) 21 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 14 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 21 2
Master’s Degree 79 0
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 49 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Germanic Languages Worth It?

The median salary for a German grad is $64,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $488,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to German.

Major Number of Grads
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,722
Romance Languages 1,512
Classical Languages & Literature 336
East Asian Languages 257
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 155
American Sign Language 106
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 99
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 54
African Languages 7
Celtic Language & Literature 4
South Asian Languages 3
Native American Languages 2
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 1
Greek Language & Literature 1
Iranian & Persian Languages 0

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.

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