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East Asian Languages

1,733 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
177 Master's Degrees Annually
#132 in Popularity
$55,230 Median Salary

Types of Degrees East Asian Languages Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,733
Master’s Degree 177
Basic Certificate 175
Associate’s Degree 136
Doctor’s Degree 79
Undergraduate Certificate 14
Graduate Certificate 9

What East Asian Languages Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to East Asian 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 East Asian Majors

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

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  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills for East Asian Majors

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

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for East Asian Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a East Asian student include the following:

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  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a East Asian Languages Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with East Asian:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Foreign Language and Literature Professors 11.7% $67,640
Interpreters and Translators 17.7% $49,930

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in East Asian Languages?

1,733 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
56% Percent Women
47% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,733 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian languages in 2018, making it rank #132 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 56% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of East Asian Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 458
Black or African American 79
Hispanic or Latino 118
White 716
International Students 164
Other Races/Ethnicities 198

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in East Asian. About 9.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong

How Much Do East Asian Languages Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that East Asian languages students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $25,550 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $20,600 (25th percentile) and $29,925 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to East Asian so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,230 to $79,160 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to East Asian. 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, 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 an East Asian Languages Major  ( 55230 to 79160 )
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Some degrees associated with East Asian 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.

How much schooling 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.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.5%
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) 0.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 30.1%
Master’s Degree 21.7%
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. 4.3%
Doctoral Degree 37.8%

Online East Asian Languages Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 179 schools offered some type of East Asian languages 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) 28 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 29 3
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 28 0
Master’s Degree 44 0
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 29 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in East Asian Languages Worth It?

The median salary for a East Asian grad is $55,230 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 $306,600 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Romance Languages 16,242
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,641
American Sign Language 2,660
Classical Languages & Literature 1,633
Germanic Languages 1,563
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 640
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 568
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 504
Native American Languages 45
Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages 26
African Languages 10
South Asian Languages 8
Greek Language & Literature 6
Celtic Language & Literature 6
Iranian & Persian Languages 6
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 2

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