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housing Major

201 yearly degrees
#274 in popularity
$54,000 median salary

Housing is a major that typically falls into the Family, Consumer & Human Sciences category.

There are 2 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in housing, 17 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 7 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 4 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a housing Degree?

Housing is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #268 in popularity. About 100 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. Roughly 50% of the graduates are women, and 50% are men.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 3.9%
  • Black or African American: 6.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.6%
  • White: 75.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2%
  • Other Races: 3.3%
housing Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in housing. About 2% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending housing majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and India.

What Will You Learn as a housing Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to housing 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 housing Majors

Housing majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for housing Majors

Skills for housing Majors

When studying housing, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for housing Majors

Abilities for housing Majors

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

Important Abilities for housing Majors

What Can You Do With a housing Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with housing:

Careers Related to housing
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Farm and Home Management Advisors



Interior Designers



Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners



housing Major Salary

Average salaries range from $53,000 to $59,000 for careers related to housing. 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, 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 housing Major  ( 53000 to 59000 )
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 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for housing Major Jobs

Some careers associated with housing 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.

How much education 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.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With housing
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 housing Programs

There are 17 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in housing, 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.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a housing Major Worth It?

The median salary for a housing grad is $54,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 38% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $296,600 after 20 years!

housing 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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