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Germanic Languages

1,148 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
130 Master's Degrees Annually
#159 in Popularity
$64,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Germanic Languages Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many Germanic languages graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,148
Master’s Degree 130
Basic Certificate 111
Doctor’s Degree 77
Associate’s Degree 17
Undergraduate Certificate 11

What Germanic Languages Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, German majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for German 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for German Majors

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

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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 German Majors

As a German 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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 Germanic Languages Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with German:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Foreign Language and Literature Professors 11.7% $67,640
Interpreters and Translators 17.7% $49,930
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Germanic Languages?

1,148 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
55% Percent Women
15% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,148 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Germanic languages in 2019, making it rank #159 in popularity. Roughly 55% of the graduates are women, and 45% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of German Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 24
Hispanic or Latino 63
White 902
International Students 40
Other Races/Ethnicities 95

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in German, too. About 3.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Germany
  • China
  • Austria
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

How Much Do Germanic Languages Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that Germanic languages students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $30,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,050 (25th percentile) and $39,400 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to German 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 German. 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.

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Some careers associated with German require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 German careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.3%
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) 0.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 41.2%
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. 7.2%
Master’s Degree 23.0%
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 21.5%

Online Germanic Languages Programs

In 2018-2019, 395 schools offered a German program of some type. 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) 21 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 14 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 21 2
Master’s Degree 79 0
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 49 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Germanic Languages Worth It?

The median salary for a German grad is $64,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $488,800 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
Romance Languages 15,711
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,639
American Sign Language 2,762
East Asian Languages 2,438
Classical Languages & Literature 1,544
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 609
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 579
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 512
Native American Languages 37
Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages 22
African Languages 12
South Asian Languages 11
Celtic Language & Literature 10
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 3
Iranian & Persian Languages 2
Greek Language & Literature 1

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