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Publishing Major

225 yearly degrees
#324 in popularity
$69,000 median salary

Publishing is a major that typically falls into the Communication & Journalism category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in publishing, 6 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 9 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Publishing Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in publishing in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 72.7% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of publishing majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 4.5%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 0%
  • White: 95.5%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 0%
  • Other Races: 0%
Publishing Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in publishing. About 0% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending publishing majors to the U.S. are China, Canada and India.

What Will You Learn as a Publishing Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to publishing to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Publishing Majors

A major in publishing should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Publishing Majors

Skills for Publishing Majors

Publishing majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Publishing Majors

Abilities for Publishing Majors

As you progress with your publishing degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for publishing Majors

What Can You Do With a Publishing Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with publishing:

Careers Related to Publishing
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary




Publishing Major Salary

Publishing majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $69,000 to $69,000. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Publishing Major  ( 69000 to 69000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Publishing Major Jobs

Some careers associated with publishing 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 publishing careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Publishing
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Publishing Programs

There are 6 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in publishing, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Publishing Major Worth It?

The median salary for a publishing grad is $69,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 79% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $611,600 after 20 years!

publishing salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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