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Demography & Population Studies

60 Master's Degrees Annually
10 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#256 in Popularity (Master's)
$90,290 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Demography & Population Studies Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many demography and population studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 60
Doctor’s Degree 10
Graduate Certificate 2

What Demography & Population Studies Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, population 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 Population Studies Majors

Population Studies majors often go into careers in which the following 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.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Population Studies Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Population Studies Majors

As a population studies 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Demography & Population Studies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with population studies:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Investment Fund Managers 8.0% $107,480
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Transportation Planners 6.7% $81,340

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Demography & Population Studies?

60 Master's Degrees Annually
58% Percent Women
47% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 58% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Population Studies Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 21
White 15
International Students 14
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Population Studies, too. About 23.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Mexico
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Canada

How Much Do Demography & Population Studies Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Population Studies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $85,750 to $115,590 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

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Some degrees associated with population studies may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for population studies careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.7%
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) 1.3%
Some College Courses 0.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 50.8%
Master’s Degree 27.9%
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. 1.3%
Doctoral Degree 13.8%

Online Demography & Population Studies Programs

In 2018-2019, 18 schools offered a population 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) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 10 0
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Demography & Population Studies Worth It?

The median salary for a population studies grad is $90,290 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 126% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,007,800 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Economics 5,699
International Relations & National Security 5,214
Political Science & Government 2,896
Geography & Cartography 2,299
Sociology 2,092
Anthropology 1,657
Criminology 941
General Social Sciences 813
Other Social Sciences 544
Urban Studies 518
Archeology 68
Sociology & Anthropology 4

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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