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African Languages Major

10 yearly degrees
#362 in popularity
$55,000 median salary

African languages is a major that typically falls into the Foreign Languages & Linguistics category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in African, 3 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 1 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an African Degree?

African languages is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #326 in popularity. About 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 83.3% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 0%
  • Black or African American: 16.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 0%
  • White: 66.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 16.7%
  • Other Races: 0%
African Languages Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in African. About 16.7% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending African majors to the U.S. are Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania.

What Will You Learn as an African Languages Major?

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

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for African Languages Majors

Skills for African Majors

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

Important Skills for African Languages Majors

Abilities for African Majors

As you progress with your African 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 African Majors

What Can You Do With an African Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with African:

Careers Related to African Languages
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Foreign Language and Literature Professors



Interpreters and Translators



African Languages Major Salary

African majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $55,000 to $79,000. 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 an African Major  ( 55000 to 79000 )
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 African Languages Major Jobs

Some careers associated with African may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 African careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With African Languages
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 African Languages Programs

There are 3 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in African languages, 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 an African Languages Major Worth It?

The median salary for an African grad is $55,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 42% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $326,600 after 20 years!

African languages 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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