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South Asian Languages

1 Master's Degrees Annually
2 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#310 in Popularity (Master's)
$55,230 Median Salary

Types of Degrees South Asian Languages Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 2
Master’s Degree 1

What South Asian Languages Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to South Asian 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 South Asian Majors

South Asian majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills for South Asian Majors

When studying South Asian, 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:

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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 South Asian Majors

As you progress with your South Asian 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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  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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 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 South Asian Languages Major?

People with a South Asian 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

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in South Asian Languages?

1 Master's Degrees Annually
100% Percent Women
0% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of South Asian Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 1
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do South Asian Languages Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,230 to $79,160 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to South Asian. 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 a South Asian Languages Major  ( 55230 to 79160 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some careers associated with South Asian require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 South Asian 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) 0.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 30.1%
Master’s Degree 21.7%
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. 4.3%
Doctoral Degree 37.8%

Online South Asian Languages Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 schools offered some type of South Asian 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 2 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in South Asian Languages Worth It?

The median salary for a South Asian 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 South Asian.

Major Number of Grads
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,722
Romance Languages 1,512
Classical Languages & Literature 336
East Asian Languages 257
Germanic Languages 207
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
Native American Languages 2
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 1
Greek Language & Literature 1
Iranian & Persian Languages 0

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