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How will your language education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the language education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 1,270 traditional language schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had language programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In the US, 29,220 students graduated from language programs in 2010. Of these students, 1,158 graduated from certificate programs in language, 23,215 graduated from undergraduate programs in language, and 4,847 graduated from graduate-level programs in language.


Students can pursue education in language at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Language
  • Bachelor's Degree in Language
  • Master's Degree in Language
  • Doctoral Degree in Language
  • Certificate in Language

Language students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their language degree:

  • Linguistics
  • Self-Management
  • Culture
  • Tenses
  • Sentence Formation


Students at language schools around the nation paid an average of $29,849 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The language schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The following language schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your language job compare?

Sign language interpreter or english as a second language instructor are the professions of choice for a majority of language graduates in the US. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 226,610 language professionals were working in the US. 112,530 of these language professionals were teacher of the speech and hearing handicappeds, 44,200 were sign language interpreters and 69,880 were english as a second language instructors. The largest populations of language professionals are in the following states:

  1. California - 24,530 Language Professionals
  2. Texas - 19,180 Language Professionals
  3. New York - 16,520 Language Professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 204,320 language professionals will be working in the US. This would require the number of language professionals to grow by 15%. Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for language professionals to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Virginia - 33%
  2. Texas - 30%
  3. Utah - 29%


Language professionals around the US earn $56,363 per year on average. However, the salary for language professionals can vary greatly based not only on the exact language profession you pursue but also on factors such as location, seniority, and shift differentials. Approximately 10 percent of language professionals earn less than $15,600 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $163,070 per year. Language professionals in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. New York - $74,180 per year
  2. New Jersey - $73,980 per year
  3. Virginia - $73,107 per year

language professionals in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Vermont - $34,513 per year
  2. North Carolina - $42,107 per year
  3. West Virginia - $42,670 per year

The language professionals with highest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Teacher Of The Speech And Hearing Handicapped - $69,880 per year
  2. English As A Second Language Instructor - $67,920 per year
  3. Sign Language Interpreter - $49,790 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Speech-Language Pathologists 112,530 $69,880 18.9%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 69,880 $67,920 19.0%
Interpreters and Translators 44,200 $49,790 51.2%