Types of Degrees Dance Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many dance graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Dance Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, dance 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 Dance Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in dance should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
- 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.
- Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
- Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Skills for Dance Majors
The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to dance:
- 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.
- Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Abilities for Dance Majors
A major in dance will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
What Can You Do With a Dance Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with dance:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Art, Drama, and Music Professors||12.0%||$69,960|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of dance majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||285|
|Hispanic or Latino||314|
Students from other countries are interested in Dance, too. About 2.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
How Much Do Dance Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in dance was $19,700 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $18,500 (25th percentile) and $22,000 (75th percentile).
One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to dance.
Salaries According to BLS
Dance majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $53,560 to $82,560 (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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Dance
Some careers associated with dance require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to dance have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||7.9%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||13.6%|
|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)||2.7%|
|Some College Courses||7.2%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||0.8%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||0.4%|
|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.||2.1%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||1.2%|
Online Dance Programs
In 2017-2018, 324 schools offered a dance 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)||27||1|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||6||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||2||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||5||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Dance Worth It?
The median salary for a dance grad is $53,560 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 34% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $273,200 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Dance
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to dance.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Fine & Studio Arts||41,431|
|Design & Applied Arts||37,428|
|Drama & Theater Arts||17,242|
|Film, Video & Photographic Arts||16,684|
|General Visual & Performing Arts||5,302|
|Arts & Media Management||4,811|
|Other Visual Art||910|
|Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry||199|
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
- Image Credit: By Jazzart Dance Theatre under License
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