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Germanic Languages

1,253 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
102 Master's Degrees Annually
#154 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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,253
Master’s Degree 102
Basic Certificate 101
Doctor’s Degree 67
Associate’s Degree 28
Undergraduate Certificate 7
Graduate Certificate 5

What Germanic Languages Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to German 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 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 you progress with your German degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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?

1,253 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
53% Percent Women
16% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,253 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Germanic languages in 2018, making it rank #154 in popularity. According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 53% of the graduates are women, and 47% 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 35
Black or African American 25
Hispanic or Latino 74
White 967
International Students 42
Other Races/Ethnicities 110

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in German, too. About 3.4% 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

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Germanic languages 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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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in German, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

German majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $55,230 to $79,160 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

Median Salary for a Germanic Languages Major  ( 55230 to 79160 )
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Some degrees associated with German 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 German have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.3%
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 the 2017-2018 academic year, 387 schools offered some type of Germanic 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) 17 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 13 0
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 17 1
Master’s Degree 78 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 16,242
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,641
American Sign Language 2,660
East Asian Languages 2,323
Classical Languages & Literature 1,633
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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