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East Asian Languages Major

2,125 yearly degrees
#203 in popularity
$55,000 median salary

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

There are 29 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in East Asian, 229 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 44 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 29 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an East Asian Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 1,700 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian languages in 2017. The major attracts more women than men. About 55.6% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 26.4%
  • Black or African American: 4.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 6.8%
  • White: 41.3%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 9.5%
  • Other Races: 11.4%
East Asian Languages Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in East Asian. About 9.5% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending East Asian majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and Japan.

What Will You Learn as an East Asian Languages Major?

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

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

Important Knowledge Areas for East Asian Languages Majors

Skills for East Asian Majors

When studying East Asian, 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 East Asian Languages Majors

Abilities for East Asian Majors

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

Important Abilities for East Asian Majors

What Can You Do With an East Asian Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with East Asian:

Careers Related to East Asian Languages
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Foreign Language and Literature Professors

11.7%

$67,640

Interpreters and Translators

17.7%

$49,930

East Asian Languages Major Salary

East Asian 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 East Asian Major  ( 55000 to 79000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
$0
$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
$0
$200k

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 East Asian Languages Major Jobs

Some careers associated with East Asian 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 East Asian have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With East Asian Languages
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

0.5%

Post-Secondary Certificate

0.5%

Some College Courses

0%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

5.6%

Bachelor's Degree

30.1%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0%

Master's Degree

21.7%

Post-Master's Certificate

4.3%

First Professional Degree

0%

Doctoral Degree

37.8%

Post-Doctoral Training

0%

Online East Asian Languages Programs

There are 229 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in East Asian 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.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is an East Asian Languages Major Worth It?

The median salary for an East Asian 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!

East Asian languages salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

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