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Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages

9 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#316 in Popularity
$55,230 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many Celtic graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 14
Bachelor’s Degree 9
Undergraduate Certificate 2
Associate’s Degree 1

What Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to Southeast Asian and Pacific and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Southeast Asian & Pacific Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in Southeast Asian and Pacific 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 Southeast Asian & Pacific Majors

Southeast Asian and Pacific 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 Southeast Asian & Pacific Majors

Southeast Asian and Pacific 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 Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages Major?

People with a Southeast Asian and Pacific 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 Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages?

9 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
22% Percent Women
100% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 9 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Celtic in 2018, making it rank #316 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 78% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of Southeast Asian and Pacific majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Southeast Asian & Pacific Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 0
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Southeast Asian and Pacific 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.

Median Salary for a Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages Major  ( 55230 to 79160 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with Southeast Asian and Pacific 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to Southeast Asian and Pacific 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 Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 7 schools offered some type of Celtic 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) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 2 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages Worth It?

The median salary for a Southeast Asian and Pacific 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 Southeast Asian and Pacific.

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
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 504
Native American Languages 45
African Languages 10
South Asian Languages 8
Iranian & Persian Languages 6
Celtic Language & Literature 6
Greek Language & Literature 6
Turkic & Central Asian Languages 2

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