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Middle Eastern Semitic Languages

324 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
90 Master's Degrees Annually
#231 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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 324
Master’s Degree 90
Doctor’s Degree 65
Basic Certificate 44
Associate’s Degree 28
Undergraduate Certificate 11
Graduate Certificate 6

What Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, Middle Eastern semitic Languages 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 Middle Eastern Semitic Languages Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in Middle Eastern semitic Languages should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

Middle Eastern semitic Languages majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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?

People with a Middle Eastern semitic Languages degree often go into the following careers:

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?

324 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
54% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 324 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern semitic languages in 2018, making it rank #231 in popularity. According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 54% of the graduates are women, and 46% 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 19
Black or African American 15
Hispanic or Latino 22
White 225
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 32

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Middle Eastern Semitic Languages. About 3.4% 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’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in Middle Eastern semitic Languages, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 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 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 degrees associated with Middle Eastern semitic Languages 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for Middle Eastern semitic Languages careers below.

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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 2017-2018, 101 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) 13 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 13 2
Master’s Degree 34 1
Post-Master’s 4 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 16,242
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,641
American Sign Language 2,660
East Asian Languages 2,323
Classical Languages & Literature 1,633
Germanic Languages 1,563
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 640
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 504
Native American Languages 45
Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages 26
African Languages 10
South Asian Languages 8
Celtic Language & Literature 6
Greek Language & Literature 6
Iranian & Persian Languages 6
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 2

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