Careers in Ethnic Studies


Careers available to those with a degree in Ethnic Studies generally involve service to and education about communities of color throughout the United States.


Some sample careers and median yearly earnings:

  • Attorney ($165,307 per year)*

  • Counselor ($55,290 per year)*

  • Education Administrator ($128,470 per year)*

  • Ethnic Studies Professor ($105,355 per year in SD county)*

  • Judicial Law Clerk ($72,002 per year)*

  • Legal Arbitrator, Mediator, and Conciliator ($110,334 per year)*

  • Reporter, Correspondent ($65,000 per year, NY Federal Reserve)

  • Secondary School (grades 9-12) Teacher ($90,214 per year)

  • Social Worker ($74,593 per year)

  • Writer, Author, Editor ($92,540 per year)

Most, if not all, of the above careers require a Bachelor’s (BA) degree.

Careers marked with one asterisk* will most likely require one or more of the following, in addition to a BA: a credential, a certificate, a Master’s (MA) degree, or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

California median salary information provided by the California Employment Development Department except where otherwise noted. Additional sources of information: