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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
59,230
declining 3.86%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$6,928
growing 2.53%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$31,949
growing 2.65%
Average Wage
$74,346
growing 4.35%
People in Workforce
1.49M
growing 1.84%
Average Employee Age
43.7
declining 0.298%

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The locations with the highest concentration of English degree recipients are , New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of English degree recipients are Centreville, VA, Wheaton, MD, and North Bennington, VT. The most common degree awarded to students studying English is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in English and the types of students that study this field. Southern New Hampshire University awards the most degrees in English in the US, but Columbia College (455983) and Columbia College (479248) have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in English.

Tuition costs for English majors are, on average, $6,928 for in-state public colleges, and $31,949 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers English programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (873 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (36,876 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in English, is Public, 4-year or above (36,876 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer English programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,928
Median In-State Public
$31,949
Median Out of State Private

Southern New Hampshire University has the most English degree recipients, with 963 degrees awarded in 2017.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in English.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 83.1%
  2. 81.5%
  3. 79.2%

Out of all institutions that offer English programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Columbia College (455983) and Columbia College (479248) have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in English, with 83.1% and 81.5%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in English

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in English by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for English.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ English graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for English majors is $74,346 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

The industry that employs the most English majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$74,346
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,725
4.35%
1 Year Growth
± 3.11%

The average salary for English majors is $74,346 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Postsecondary teachers, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of English majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that English majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of English majors working as Editors, Technical writers, and Writers & authors.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations by median income for English majors are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, and Physicians.

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Occupations by Share

1.49M
2018 Workforce
± 29,774
1.84%
1 Year Growth
± 2.8%

The number of English graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.84%, from 1.46M in 2017 to 1.49M in 2018.

The largest single share of English graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (9.2%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in English by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

1.49M
2018 Workforce
± 29,774
1.84%
1 Year Growth
± 2.8%

The number of English graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.84%, from 1.46M in 2017 to 1.49M in 2018.

The industry which employs the most English graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in English.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of English majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in English in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in English is 43.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold English degrees, and White students earn the majority (38,247) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

43.7
Average Age in 2018
± 0.268 Years
0.298%
1 Year Change
± 0.878%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in English. The most common ages of employees with this major are 35 and 48 years old, which represent 3.02% and 2.94% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in English are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in English are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (69.5%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in English.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    38,247 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    7,538 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    4,106 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in English for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    20,864 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Male
    8,813 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    3,881 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in English. White Female students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. China
    21,665 degree recipients
  2. India
    16,919 degree recipients
  3. Korea
    11,189 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Japan
    7.39 times more than expected
  2. Spain
    6.23 times more than expected
  3. Sweden
    4.17 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Japan that hold English degrees (7.39 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is China (21,665 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the English field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. English majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that English majors need more than the average amount of Learning Strategies, Reading Comprehension, and Instructing.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for English majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Learning Strategies is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Instructing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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