General Studies

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

119,202

growing 4.77%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,470

growing 3.12%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$25,580

growing 3.35%

Average Wage

$72,025

growing 5.39%

People in Workforce

669,841

growing 2.81%

Average Employee Age

44.3

declining 0.278%

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The locations with the highest concentration of General Studies degree recipients are Albuquerque, NM, Houston, TX, and Fort Worth, TX. The locations with a relatively high number of General Studies degree recipients are Lame Deer, MT, Glendive, MT, and Boaz, AL. The most common degree awarded to students studying General Studies is a associates degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General Studies and the types of students that study this field. Central New Mexico Community College awards the most degrees in General Studies in the US, but Marion Military Institute and Chief Dull Knife College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Studies.

Tuition costs for General Studies majors are, on average, $6,470 for in-state public colleges, and $25,580 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers General Studies programs are Public, 2-year institutions (435 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (84,114 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in General Studies, is Public, 2-year (84,114 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,470

Median In-State Public

$25,580

Median Out of State Private

Central New Mexico Community College has the most General Studies degree recipients, with 4,925 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer General Studies programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Marion Military Institute and Chief Dull Knife College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Studies, with 100% and 95.7%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Studies

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Liberal Arts & Humanities graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Liberal Arts & Humanities majors is $72,025 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Other managers, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

The industry that employs the most Liberal Arts & Humanities majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Management of companies & enterprises.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Liberal Arts & Humanities.

$72,025

Average Wage in Workforce

± $2,387

5.39%

1 Year Growth

± 4.37%

The average salary for Liberal Arts & Humanities majors is $72,025 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Other managers, and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Liberal Arts & Humanities.

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

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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Liberal Arts & Humanities majors working as Marriage and family therapists, Chiropractors, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Liberal Arts & Humanities majors are Surgeons, Physicians, and Information security analysts.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Liberal Arts & Humanities.

669,841

2018 Workforce

± 20,049

2.81%

1 Year Growth

± 4.15%

The number of Liberal Arts & Humanities graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.81%, from 651,510 in 2017 to 669,841 in 2018.

The largest single share of Liberal Arts & Humanities graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (11%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Liberal Arts & Humanities by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Liberal Arts & Humanities.

669,841

2018 Workforce

± 20,049

2.81%

1 Year Growth

± 4.15%

The number of Liberal Arts & Humanities graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.81%, from 651,510 in 2017 to 669,841 in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Liberal Arts & Humanities 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 Liberal Arts & Humanities.

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Specialty Locations

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

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Liberal Arts & Humanities in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Liberal Arts & Humanities is 44.3, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Associates Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Liberal Arts & Humanities degrees, and White students earn the majority (64,013) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Liberal Arts & Humanities.

44.3

Average Age in 2018

± 0.387 Years

0.278%

1 Year Change

± 1.24%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Liberal Arts & Humanities. The most common ages of employees with this major are 40 and 38 years old, which represent 2.98% and 2.92% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in General Studies are Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, and 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Liberal Arts & Humanities.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Liberal Arts & Humanities are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (61%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    64,013 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    23,256 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    16,102 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in General Studies 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

    5,065 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    3,563 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    1,407 degrees awarded

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

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course General Studies is from the 2 Digit Course Liberal Arts & Humanities.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. India

    13,720 degree recipients

  2. Mexico

    7,906 degree recipients

  3. Philippines

    4,496 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Pakistan

    5.56 times more than expected

  2. Bangladesh

    4.71 times more than expected

  3. Nepal

    3.12 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Pakistan that hold Liberal Arts & Humanities degrees (5.56 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 India (13,720 degree recipients).

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