September 25, 2021

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What to Do With an English Degree

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What Can I Do With a Major in English?

Disclosure: I was an English major in college. Sure, I’m more than a little biased, but I happen to believe that it’s an incredibly valuable degree that teaches students the importance of good research and the value of clear communication.

Many people think that an English degree only prepares students to work as a teacher. Though it’s true that many English majors do become teachers, most don’t. In fact, very few English majors work in a field that’s even remotely related to their major (example: I taught myself computer programming, and worked in that field for many years).

Here’s the truth: employers hire people, not degrees. Career options are rarely limited by the major that you choose, and following the path that you’re most passionate about (both in school and after) is the best way to lead a happy life. You might not believe it yet, but it’s true. Happy people do what they love.

The good news is that English majors can do just about anything. Upper management positions are filled people who earned a degree in English. Some graduates work as writers and editors, and others work in sales, marketing. Many students go on to attend graduate school, where they may earn a law degree or an MBA.

English is not an occupation, but an ability — and the abilities that English majors develop are extremely valuable in the workplace.

Career Opportunities for English Majors

Below is a list of some of the most common career choices for students who major in English. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it should help provide you with an idea of what English majors do after graduation.

OccupationMedian SalaryMedian HourlyCurrent jobsOutlookRequired Education
College Professor$62,050$29.831,756,000GoodGraduate Degree
Copywriter$49,060$23.59151,680NormalBachelor’s degree
Curator$48,450$23.2911,710GoodMaster’s Degree
Editor$51,470$24.75129,600NormalBachelor’s Degree
Elementary School Teacher$51,660$24.841,549,520GoodBachelor’s Degree
High School Teacher$53,230$25.591,109,500GoodBachelor’s Degree
Kindergarten Teacher$48,800$23.46179,520NormalBachelor’s Degree
Lawyer$112,760$54.21759,190GoodLaw Degree
Librarian$54,500$26.20159,940NormalMaster’s Degree
Marketing Manager$112,800$54.23175,570NormalBachelor’s degree
Middle School Teacher$51,960$24.98659,460GoodBachelor’s Degree
Preschool Teacher$25,700$12.3612,190457,240Bachelor’s Degree
Public Relations Manager$91,810$44.1456,720NormalBachelor’s Degree
Public Relations Specialist$52,090$25.04258,100GoodBachelor’s degree
Social Service Manager$57,950$27.86130,560NormalBachelor’s degree
Social Worker$42,480$20.42350,500GoodBachelor’s degree
Technical Writer$63,280$30.4248,910NormalBachelor’s Degree
Writer / Author$55,420$26.64145,900NormalBachelor’s Degree

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