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$78,820 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many multi / interdisciplinary studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 10,795
Graduate Certificate 1,944
Doctor’s Degree 921

What Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, multi / interdisciplinary studies 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 Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in multi / interdisciplinary studies 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to multi / interdisciplinary studies:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a multi / interdisciplinary studies student include the following:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Major?

People with a multi / interdisciplinary studies degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Accountants 10.0% $70,500
Anthropologists 3.9% $62,410
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 11.5% $62,270
Archivists 14.7% $52,240
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Professors 10.4% $74,440
Auditors 10.0% $70,500
Biological Science Professors 15.1% $82,550
Business Intelligence Analysts 9.3% $90,270
Climate Change Analysts 11.1% $71,130
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9% $123,860
Community and Social Service Specialists 13.2% $42,620
Curators 13.7% $53,780
Data Warehousing Specialists 9.3% $90,270
Database Architects 9.3% $90,270
Dietetic Technicians 9.3% $27,140
Dietitians and Nutritionists 14.6% $60,370
Environmental Restoration Planners 11.1% $71,130
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 11.1% $71,130
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 14.1% $91,130
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists 9.3% $90,270
Historians 6.1% $61,140
Information Technology Project Managers 9.3% $90,270
Life Scientists 9.0% $78,190
Mathematical Science Occupations 9.1% NA
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4% $84,810
Molecular and Cellular Biologists 8.0% $79,590
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.7% $43,020
Natural Sciences Managers 9.9% $123,860
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists 10.3% $100,770
Political Scientists 2.7% $117,570
Professors 9.4% $65,660
Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists 6.8% $107,230
Social Sciences Professors 9.8% $71,600
Transportation Planners 6.7% $81,340
Video Game Designers 9.3% $90,270
Water Resource Specialists 9.9% $123,860
Web Administrators 9.3% $90,270
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 7.7% $63,420

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies?

10,795 Master's Degrees Annually
63% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 63% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of multi / interdisciplinary studies majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 631
Black or African American 844
Hispanic or Latino 965
White 5,243
International Students 2,081
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,031

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies. About 19.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Multi / Interdisciplinary 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 multi / interdisciplinary studies made a median starting salary of $46,200 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $37,200 (25th percentile) and $57,200 (75th percentile).


We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to multi / interdisciplinary studies so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $65,310 to $95,610 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to multi / interdisciplinary 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 a Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Major  ( 65310 to 95610 )
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Some careers associated with multi / interdisciplinary studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 multi / interdisciplinary studies careers below.

Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.3%
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) 1.8%
Some College Courses 3.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 32.2%
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. 4.6%
Master’s Degree 26.7%
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. 1.2%
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 13.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 8.0%

Online Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,800 schools offered some type of multi / interdisciplinary 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) 281 28
Certificate (1-2 years) 93 6
Certificate (2-4 Years) 15 1
Associate’s Degree 618 88
Bachelor’s Degree 387 76
Post-Baccalaureate 281 28
Master’s Degree 864 133
Post-Master’s 91 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 266 6
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 3 0

Is a Degree in Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Worth It?

The median salary for a multi / interdisciplinary studies grad is $78,820 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 98% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $778,400 after 20 years!



*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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