Humanities Indicators
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The Humanities Workforce

Introduction

Although the role of the humanities in the economic life of the United States may not be as readily apparent as that of engineering, for example, the humanities are, in fact, crucial to many fundamental elements and functions of modern economic productivity. Institutions such as museums and universities, as well as business enterprises in publishing and journalism, generate employment, returns on private investments, and tax revenues. They also depend on the humanistic skills of critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking, and, while these skills have always been important, they have become increasingly vital to today’s knowledge-based economy, which requires a strong humanities workforce.

The extent and the characteristics of this workforce are the focus of the first section of this part of the Humanities Indicators. Data gathered for inclusion there treat not only occupations involved in the creation or dissemination of humanities knowledge, but also those jobs that are performed in humanities institutions (e.g, a cashier in an art museum gift shop) or that support humanistic endeavors (e.g., the janitorial or food service jobs at universities). The next two sections look more closely at another important issue—namely, the relationship between higher education in the humanities and subsequent employment. What are the occupations and professions of those who received their undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities? What are their salaries compared to those whose educational backgrounds are in other fields? What are their levels of job satisfaction? Having addressed these and other questions about the humanities workforce, this part of the Humanities Indicators concludes with a section that focuses on a particular segment that has attracted much attention in recent years: postsecondary humanities faculty. While this section covers such topics as their demographic characteristics and institutional status, the data also allow for comparisons of humanities faculty with those who teach in other fields and thus can help to inform ongoing debates about the flexibility and diversity of the academic workforce.

 

Indicators

Employment in Humanistic Occupations and Settings

Humanities-Related Employment
Humanities-Related Employment
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Career Paths of Humanities College Graduates

Occupations of College Humanities Graduates
Occupations of Humanities Majors
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Occupational Distribution: Humanities Majors Compared with Other College Graduates
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Occupations of Humanities Majors Who Earned an Advanced Degree
Occupational Distribution of Advanced Degree Holders with Undergraduate Degrees in the Humanities
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Occupational Distribution of Advanced Degree Holders, by Undergraduate Major
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Earnings of Humanities Majors with a Terminal Bachelor's Degree
Earnings of Full-Time Workers with a Terminal Bachelor’s Degree, by Gender and Major
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Gender Earnings Gap among Full-Time Workers with a Terminal Bachelor’s Degree, by Major
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Earnings of Full-Time Workers with a Terminal Bachelor’s Degree in the Humanities, by Gender
and Discipline
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Gender Earnings Gap among Full-Time Workers with a Terminal Bachelor’s Degree in the Humanities,
by Discipline
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Earnings of Humanities Majors with an Advanced Degree
Earnings of Full-Time Workers with an Advanced Degree, by Gender and Field of Undergraduate
Degree
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Gender Earnings Gap among Full-Time Workers with an Advanced Degree, by Field of Undergraduate
Degree
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Boost in Earnings Associated with Obtaining an Advanced Degree, by Gender and Field of
Undergraduate Degree
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Earnings of Full-Time Workers with an Advanced Degree, by Humanities Discipline
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Boost Earnings Associated with Obtaining an Advanced Degree, by Humanities Discipline
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Job Satisfaction of Humanities Majors
College Graduates Expressing Satisfaction with Current Employment Ten Years after Receiving Degree, by Field
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Humanities Majors and the Graduate Management Admission Test
Graduate Management Admission Test Examinees’ Fields of Undergraduate Study
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Graduate Management Admission Test Mean Total Score, by Examinee's Field of Undergraduate Study
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Humanities Majors and the Medical College Admission Test
Medical College Admission Test Examinees’ Fields of Undergraduate Study
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Medical College Admission Test Mean Score, by Examinee’s Field of Undergraduate Study
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Humanities Majors and the Law School Admission Test
Law School Admission Test Examinees’ Fields of Undergraduate Study
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Law School Admission Test Mean Score, by Examinee’s Field of Undergraduate Study
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Humanities Majors and the Professions
Percentage of Medical and Law Degree Holders with Bachelor’s Degrees in the Humanities
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Undergraduate Majors of Law Degree Holders
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Career Paths of Humanities Ph.D.'s

Job Status of Humanities Ph.D.'s at Time of Graduation
Doctorate Recipients with Definite Employment or Further Study Commitments at Time of Graduation
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Employment Sector of Doctorate Recipients with Definite Postgraduation U.S. Employment Commitments
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Occupations of Humanities Ph.D.'s
Principal Occupations of Employed Humanities Ph.D.’s, by Number of Years since Receipt of Doctorate
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Career Paths for Specific Disciplines
Principal Occupations of Employed Music Ph.D.’s
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Principal Occupations of Employed Philosophy Ph.D.’s
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Principal Occupations of Employed Classics Ph.D.’s
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Principal Occupations of Employed English Ph.D.’s
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Principal Occupations of Employed Modern Languages and Literatures Ph.D.’s
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Principal Occupations of Employed History Ph.D.’s
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Principal Occupations of Employed Art History Ph.D.’s
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Postsecondary Humanities Faculty

Number of Humanities Faculty Members
Numbers of Postsecondary Faculty Teaching in Selected Academic Fields
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Percentages of Postsecondary Faculty Teaching in Selected Academic Fields
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Numbers of Postsecondary Faculty Teaching in Humanities Disciplines
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Institutional Distribution of Humanities Faculty
Distribution of Postsecondary Faculty among Academic Fields, by Type of Educational Institution
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Institutional Affiliation of Postsecondary Humanities Faculty
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Traditional versus Nontraditional Humanities Faculty
Full-Time Faculty as a Percentage of All Postsecondary Faculty
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Percentage of Part-Time Postsecondary Faculty Who Prefer Part-Time to Full-Time Employment
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Racial/Ethnic Composition of Humanities Faculty
Percentage of Postsecondary Humanities Faculty Who Are Members of Traditionally Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups
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Percentage of Postsecondary Faculty Who Are Members of Traditionally Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups, by Primary
Teaching Field
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Distribution of Humanities Faculty by Gender
Female Faculty as a Percentage of All Postsecondary Faculty, Selected Fields
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Female Faculty as a Percentage of Tenured, Tenure Track, and Nontenure Track Postsecondary Humanities
Faculty
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Faculty Earnings
Median Full-Time Faculty Earnings from Employment, by Primary Teaching Field
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Median Salary of Full-Time Professors, by Rank and Primary Teaching Field
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Median Institutional Salary of Full-Time Humanities Professors, by Rank
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Faculty Job Satisfaction
Percentage of Postsecondary Faculty Who Were “Very Satisfied” with Their Jobs Overall, by Primary
Teaching Field
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Percentage of Postsecondary Humanities Faculty Who Were “Very Satisfied” with Selected Aspects of Their
Jobs
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