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168 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
44 Master's Degrees Annually
#260 in Popularity
$53,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Housing Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 557
Bachelor’s Degree 168
Master’s Degree 44
Doctor’s Degree 12
Graduate Certificate 3
Associate’s Degree 1

What Housing Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to housing 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 Housing Majors

Housing 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Housing Majors

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities for Housing Majors

A major in housing will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Housing Major?

People with a housing degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Farm and Home Management Advisors 7.7% $49,840
Interior Designers 4.5% $53,370
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 10.9% $49,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Housing?

168 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
70% Percent Women
19% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 168 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in housing in 2019, making it rank #260 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 70% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Housing Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 16
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 131
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

Housing appeals to people across the globe. About 3.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Iran

How Much Do Housing Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in housing made a median starting salary of $39,450 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,050 (25th percentile) and $50,350 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to housing.

Salaries According to BLS

Housing majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $52,700 to $59,120 (25th to 75th percentile). 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, 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 careers associated with housing 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 housing careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.6%
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) 2.2%
Some College Courses 12.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 47.3%
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. 2.7%
Master’s Degree 23.1%
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. 2.7%
Doctoral Degree 2.7%

Online Housing Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 schools offered some type of housing 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) 10 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 10 1
Master’s Degree 6 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 4 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Housing Worth It?

The median salary for a housing grad is $53,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 35% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $276,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Human Development & Family Studies 43,687
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 5,318
General Family & Consumer Sciences 3,753
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,476
Family & Consumer Economics 1,593
Human Sciences Business Services 477
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 192
Work & Family Studies 0

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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