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2022 Portuguese Degree Guide

A Recent Jump in Portuguese Degrees

#995 Most Popular Major
84.0 Degrees Awarded
7.1% Increase in Graduates

In 2019-2020, Portuguese was the 995th most popular major nationwide with 84 degrees awarded. This represents a 7.1% increase in Portuguese degrees awarded over the prior year's total of 78.

Approximately 31 colleges in the U.S. offer a Portuguese degree of some kind. This year's Best Portuguese Schools ranking compares 16 of them to identify the best overall programs in the country. Continue reading to check out one of our many unbiased rankings of Portuguese programs later in this article.

Portuguese Degree Requirements

One of the most important skills you will need for a career in Portuguese is talking to others to convey information effectively. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times and understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents are all required skills for careers related to this major.

Prior Education for a Portuguese Program

A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required for most Portuguese degree programs and many students will need a minimum GPA and SAT/ACT score depending on the school. In addition to these basic Portuguese program qualifications, to serve in some Portuguese careers, special certification may be required outside of your degree.

Portuguese Degree Types

Portuguese degree levels vary. Portuguese programs offered by schools range from a to a , which is the highest Portuguese degree you can get. Different Portuguese degrees vary in how long they take.

Degree Credit Requirements Typical Program Length
Associate Degree 60-70 credits 2 years
Bachelor’s Degree 120 credits 4 years
Master’s Degree 50-70 credits 1-3 years
Doctorate Program required coursework including thesis or dissertation At least 4 years

A doctor's degree is the most common level of education achieved by those in careers related to Portuguese, with approximately 36.7% of workers getting one. Find out other typical degree levels for Portuguese workers below.

Level of Education Percentage of Workers
Doctoral Degree 37.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 30.1%
Master’s Degree 21.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate 4.3%

About 62.8% of workers in careers related to Portuguese obtain at least master's degrees. View the chart below to get an idea of what degree level most of those in Portuguese careers have.


The education level required is different depending on the Portuguese career you are seeking.

Portuguese Careers

Below Average Number of Jobs
67.2k Avg. Related Jobs Salary
16% Growth Job Outlook 2016-26

High Growth Projected for Portuguese Careers

Want a job when you graduate with your Portuguese degree? Portuguese careers are expected to grow 15.7% between 2016 and 2026.

The following options are some of the most in-demand careers related to Portuguese.

Occupation Name Projected Jobs Expected Growth
Interpreters and Translators 80,300 17.7%
Foreign Language and Literature Professors 39,100 11.7%

Portuguese Degree Salary Potential

As you might expect, salaries for Portuguese graduates vary depending on the level of education that was acquired.

High Paying Careers for Portuguese Majors

Salaries for Portuguese graduates can vary widely by the occupation you choose as well. The following table shows the top highest paying careers Portuguese grads often go into.

Occupation Name Median Average Salary
Foreign Language and Literature Professors $79,160
Interpreters and Translators $55,230

Getting Your Portuguese Degree

With over 63 different Portuguese degree programs to choose from, finding the best fit for you can be a challenge. Fortunately you have come to the right place. We have analyzed all of these schools to come up with hundreds of unbiased Portuguese school rankings to help you with this.

Portuguese is one of 6 different types of Romance Languages programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Spanish Language & Literature 11,818
French Language & Literature 2,743
Italian Language & Literature 405
General Romance Languages 342
General Hispanic & Latin American Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 289

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