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South Asian Languages Major

8 yearly degrees
#360 in popularity
$55,000 median salary

South Asian languages is a major that typically falls into the Foreign Languages & Linguistics category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in South Asian, 4 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 2 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a South Asian Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in South Asian languages in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 80% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of South Asian majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 20%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 0%
  • White: 40%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 20%
  • Other Races: 20%
South Asian Languages Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in South Asian. About 20% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending South Asian majors to the U.S. are India, Germany and Uzbekistan.

What Will You Learn as a South Asian Languages Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to South Asian to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for South Asian Majors

South Asian majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for South Asian Languages Majors

Skills for South Asian Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to South Asian:

Important Skills for South Asian Languages Majors

Abilities for South Asian Majors

As you progress with your South Asian degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for South Asian Majors

What Can You Do With a South Asian Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with South Asian:

Careers Related to South Asian Languages
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Foreign Language and Literature Professors



Interpreters and Translators



South Asian Languages Major Salary

Average salaries range from $55,000 to $79,000 for careers related to South Asian. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a South Asian Major  ( 55000 to 79000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for South Asian Languages Major Jobs

Some careers associated with South Asian 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for South Asian careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With South Asian Languages
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online South Asian Languages Programs

There are 4 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in South Asian languages, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a South Asian Languages Major Worth It?

The median salary for a South Asian grad is $55,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 42% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $326,600 after 20 years!

South Asian languages salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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