Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Interdisciplinary studies

Interdisciplinary studies field of degree. Employment: 528,700. Median annual wage: $50,000.

Interdisciplinary studies field of degree. Employment: 528,700. Median annual wage: $50,000

Interdisciplinary studies field of degree. Employment: 425,099. Median annual wage: $49,300

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Table 1. Interdisciplinary studies degree, 2018

Data

Interdisciplinary studies

All fields

Employment

528,700 55,381,020

Median wage

$50,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

18 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

60 59

Percent with an advanced degree

42 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of interdisciplinary studies majors, 2018

Interdisciplinary studies majors

Major share

Intercultural and international studies

26%

Nutrition sciences

25

Interdisciplinary social sciences

23

Multi/interdisciplinary studies

18

Cognitive science and biopsychology

4

Other

4

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an interdisciplinary studies degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

15%

Management occupations

15

Educational instruction and library occupations

14

Office and administrative support occupations

9

Business and financial operations occupations

8

Other

38

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with an interdisciplinary studies degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

22% Bachelor's degree 2% 33%

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21 Doctoral or professional degree 3 74

Dietitians and nutritionists

8 Bachelor's degree 6 36

Registered nurses

7 Bachelor's degree 2 12

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 7 50

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 3 93

Physicians, all other; and ophthalmologists, except pediatric

4 Doctoral or professional degree 2 100

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 3 21

Customer service representatives

-2 High school diploma or equivalent 2 4

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

-10 High school diploma or equivalent 1 4

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Interdisciplinary studies,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/interdisciplinary-studies/interdisciplinary-studies-field-of-degree.htm (visited October 12, 2021).

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