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Other Foreign Language & Literature

269 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
33 Master's Degrees Annually
#239 in Popularity
$55,230 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Foreign Language & Literature Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 269
Basic Certificate 94
Undergraduate Certificate 68
Master’s Degree 33
Associate’s Degree 27
Doctor’s Degree 20
Graduate Certificate 1

What Other Foreign Language & Literature Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, other foreign language 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 Other Foreign Language 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 Other Foreign Language Majors

When studying other foreign language, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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 Other Foreign Language Majors

Other Foreign Language majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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 Other Foreign Language & Literature Major?

People with a other foreign language 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 Other Foreign Language & Literature?

269 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
68% Percent Women
38% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 269 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) in 2019, making it rank #239 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 68% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other foreign language majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Foreign Language Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 30
Hispanic or Latino 40
White 140
International Students 17
Other Races/Ethnicities 28

Geographic Diversity

Other Foreign Language appeals to people across the globe. About 6.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain

How Much Do Other Foreign Language & Literature Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $31,100 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $29,150 (25th percentile) and $32,800 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Other Foreign Language 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.

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Some careers associated with other foreign language require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other foreign language 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 Other Foreign Language & Literature Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 69 schools offered some type of foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) 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) 14 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 1
Associate’s Degree 7 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 14 0
Master’s Degree 10 0
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Foreign Language & Literature Worth It?

The median salary for a other foreign language 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 other foreign language.

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
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 579
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

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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