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Other Foreign Language & Literature

260 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
33 Master's Degrees Annually
#242 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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 260
Undergraduate Certificate 89
Basic Certificate 83
Master’s Degree 33
Doctor’s Degree 22
Associate’s Degree 16
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

Other Foreign Language majors often go into careers in which the following 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

A major in other foreign language 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 Other Foreign Language Majors

As you progress with your other foreign language 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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  • 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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with other foreign language:

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?

260 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
68% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 260 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) in 2018, making it rank #242 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 68% of recent graduates being 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 23
Black or African American 31
Hispanic or Latino 40
White 137
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Other Foreign Language, too. About 4.6% 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

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) 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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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a other foreign language degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,230 to $79,160 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to other foreign language. 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 an Other Foreign Language & Literature Major  ( 55230 to 79160 )
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Some degrees associated with other foreign language may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for other foreign language 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 Other Foreign Language & Literature Programs

In 2017-2018, 66 schools offered a other foreign language 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 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 1
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 13 0
Master’s Degree 9 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 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
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 568
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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