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Middle Eastern Semitic Languages

355 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
97 Master's Degrees Annually
#226 in Popularity
$55,230 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 355
Master’s Degree 97
Doctor’s Degree 50
Basic Certificate 41
Associate’s Degree 22
Graduate Certificate 8
Undergraduate Certificate 6

What Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to Middle Eastern semitic Languages 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 Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 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 Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to Middle Eastern semitic Languages:

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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 Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Majors

As a Middle Eastern semitic Languages major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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 Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with Middle Eastern semitic Languages:

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 Middle Eastern Semitic Languages?

355 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
51% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 355 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern semitic languages in 2019, making it rank #226 in popularity. Roughly 51% of the graduates are women, and 49% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of Middle Eastern semitic Languages majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 18
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 240
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 40

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Middle Eastern Semitic Languages, too. About 2.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • China
  • Egypt

How Much Do Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern semitic Languages was $24,900 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $24,900 (25th percentile) and $24,900 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to Middle Eastern semitic Languages.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,230 to $79,160 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to Middle Eastern semitic Languages. 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.

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Some careers associated with Middle Eastern semitic Languages 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to Middle Eastern semitic Languages 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 Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Programs

In 2018-2019, 105 schools offered a Middle Eastern semitic Languages 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) 12 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 5 4
Post-Baccalaureate 12 2
Master’s Degree 32 1
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 20 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Worth It?

The median salary for a Middle Eastern semitic Languages 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 Middle Eastern semitic Languages.

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
Germanic Languages 1,494
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 609
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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