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152 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
40 Master's Degrees Annually
#262 in Popularity
$53,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Housing Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many housing graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 499
Bachelor’s Degree 152
Master’s Degree 40
Doctor’s Degree 6
Associate’s Degree 3
Graduate Certificate 1

What Housing Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to housing and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Housing Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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

A major in housing prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

As a housing 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.
  • 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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with housing:

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?

152 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
50% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 152 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in housing in 2018, making it rank #262 in popularity. According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 50% of the graduates are women, and 50% are men.

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 6
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 13
White 115
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Housing, too. About 2.0% 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

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that housing students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree 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’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in housing, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $52,700 to $59,120 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to housing. 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.

Median Salary for a Housing Major  ( 52700 to 59120 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with housing require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to housing have obtained the following education levels.

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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 2017-2018 academic year, 37 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) 11 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 11 0
Master’s Degree 7 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 44,209
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 5,451
General Family & Consumer Sciences 4,230
Textile & Apparel Studies 3,471
Family & Consumer Economics 1,673
Human Sciences Business Services 466
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other) 104
Work & Family Studies 0

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