Types of Degrees Urban Studies Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many urban studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Urban Studies Majors Need to Know
People with careers related to urban studies 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 Urban Studies Majors
Urban Studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- 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.
- 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.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- 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 Urban Studies Majors
A major in urban studies prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- 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 Urban Studies Majors
A major in urban studies 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.
- 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.
- Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
What Can You Do With a Urban Studies Major?
People with a urban studies degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Investment Fund Managers||8.0%||$107,480|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||8.0%||$107,480|
|Social Sciences Professors||9.8%||$71,600|
|Urban and Regional Planners||12.8%||$73,050|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of urban studies majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||76|
|Hispanic or Latino||36|
Urban Studies appeals to people across the globe. About 6.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
How Much Do Urban Studies Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
The median early-career salary of urban studies students with a master’s degree is $46,500 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $45,200 (25th percentile) and $46,600 (75th percentile).
It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in urban studies, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.
Salaries According to BLS
Urban Studies majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $76,240 to $90,290 (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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Urban Studies
Some careers associated with urban 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.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to urban studies have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||1.6%|
|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)||1.2%|
|Some College Courses||0.2%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||1.7%|
|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.||1.1%|
|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.||2.6%|
Online Urban Studies Programs
In 2018-2019, 126 schools offered a urban 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)||4||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||0||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||12||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Urban Studies Worth It?
The median salary for a urban studies grad is $87,950 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 120% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $961,000 after 20 years!
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Majors Related to Urban Studies
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to urban studies.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|International Relations & National Security||5,214|
|Political Science & Government||2,896|
|Geography & Cartography||2,299|
|General Social Sciences||813|
|Other Social Sciences||544|
|Demography & Population Studies||72|
|Sociology & Anthropology||4|
*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.
- 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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