Monthly Archives: April 2013

How could I leave this one out: Author/writer.


When becoming an English major this is the career that most people think you will go into. For some, however, it is! Writing can be a very successful career for those who are educated, talented, and have a passion for the industry!

Writers produce original written materials for books, magazines, websites and more. There are often two genres in which a writer works: fiction and non-fiction. They then use their genre in the field of authorship they choose: novels, biographies, plays, and more.

Every writer is different; one might enjoy the hectic atmosphere of a restaurant to write in, while others need a peaceful, quiet room. They can often work whatever hours they choose. When an author gets inspiration there is no time schedule to attend to (other than your deadline)!

If you enjoy writing, whether that it creatively or not, this is a great career for you. Every day you will be doing something you love. Start brainstorming for your work today!


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Even more salaries!

As I said before in this post, salaries are an important aspect to consider when on the job hunt.

Today I’ll focus on the careers of Technical Writing and Journalism. As always, there is a wide range of different salaries for every career depending on level, location, and company. Here are the averages for these two:

Technical Writing: Average salary is $61,000. Some more serious topics, like Nuclear procedure writing, can earn up to $127,000!

Journalism: Average salary is $28,000. Although you may not be a billionaire, every day is different for a journalist and the excitement and rewards may outweigh the paycheck.

When thinking about internships, you may not receive any pay, but the experience acts as money in your bank account.

Although money is essential for today’s world, the most important thing to consider is whether you are passionate for the career you are working towards. If you aren’t happy, money won’t buy it for you.

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The importance of experience…


In your post-grad job search, it will be nearly impossible to find a job when you have no experience. I have learned that through your classes in school you can have great experience with writing, computer programs, media tools, and more. However, it is important to look into those additional “resume boosters.”

Internships are key in building your career. Not only does it look good on the resume, but it gives you confidence, skills, and the edge on the other applicant. They are a great way to learn whether the career you are pursuing is the right one. I have known countless people who have completed internships and found that, the career they wanted isn’t exactly what they thought it was. Even if this is the case, you learn valuable professional skills along the way.

It is especially important for English majors since the job world is competitive.

Heads up: internships are often unpaid, but the experience you receive is priceless. You build connections, your resume, and your potential. So start searching for some summer internships and start getting your foot in the career world!

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Technical Writing


It may seem horrific for an English major to be unable to use metaphors, descriptive language, or character development, but some people enjoy just writing the facts. Technical writing is just that: being able to describe something in a clear and concise manner.

Technical writers are employed by almost every company that needs brochures, company descriptions, and basic company materials. They essentially work to make sure that the company they are writing for maintains professional in its publications. Technical writers also gather photographs, arrange and edit materials for publishing, confer with co-workers and customers in order to successfully publish the material.

It may be surprising, but the majority of their day is spent learning and educating themselves in the topic they are writing about. If they are incorrect in any way the company is in trouble. Writing is a small portion of their duties, because they first have to find what to write about and then actually publish it, while working with many departments and people to get it done.

This is a career that can be found anywhere and any place. If writing is your thing and enjoy learning and getting information across concisely, this may be the job for you!


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The skills we acquire as English majors…


Thanks, Whitworth English!

When thinking about an English major, people usually think all we can really do is read and write. That isn’t the case, however, because in order to do these tasks successfully, it takes so many other skills.

English majors have:

“…the ability to comprehend, digest, summarize, analyze, and interpret complex discourses; secondly, it requires skills in research, bibliographic control, database management, and effective presentation and publication of reports and documents of all kinds. ” Thanks, GMU.

From my own experience, especially, I have learned how to analyze things thoroughly, whether that is a book, a concept, or an argument. It is easy to read an article or a statistic or what-have-you and believe it because you read it, or believe it is reality without looking into why someone wrote it or presented it. As an English major, you learn to look beyond what is in front of you. This is important in so many different careers. Some careers that we have discussed, like marketing and public relations, are a few examples that use these skills. If you are a marketing manager and see a statistic about how your company is making less money than your competitor, you could either think, “Well, this sucks. They must just be better than us,” or you could think as an English major would and say, “There is a reason behind this. I can fix this if I find the root of the problem.”

There is more to analyzing a text than most people think. We learn about reading between the lines not so we can see the overlaying metaphor of a Shakespearean play, but to use this skill later in life when we are working at a company, teaching, or writing.

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Journalism is a very complex career… You have to be able to write, communicate, and research. Journalists have to conduct interviews, write on a deadline, fact-check information given to you by your sources, build contacts, and much more!

There are many different types of journalism paths you can pursue. Print, broadcast, and sports journalism, along with photojournalism. Many journalists need to be educated in photography, film, and writing, because the internet has evolved this industry into a multimedia trade.

Journalists need to be well-versed in social media practices because news is more prevalent and most viewed online with twitter and news sites. They also need to be unbiased (although there are some who break this rule) because their stories are going out to the world, which is made up of countless viewpoints and cultures.

If you love to write, this may be the career for you. It is a fast-paced environment and no two days are the same. Stories and headlines change every day!

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Salaries… important to consider!


I am a firm believer in doing what makes you happiest, no matter the kind of money (or lack thereof) you make. It is important, however, to be informed on the salaries and benefits you can receive from prospective careers.

For now, I will point out the salaries of the careers I have already written about. Of course, these vary by city, degree level, and each specific work place. Here goes!

Public Relations specialist: $53,000 on average. This incredibly when comparing it to the average, $40,000 that it was in 2004. It has steadily increased since then, so it looks like this career is prospering, to say the least!

Paralegals: $58,000 on average. There are many different options within this career which have varying salaries, like paralegal managers who can make up to $85,000, while entry-level paralegals make around $48,000. So if you work your way up, it is well worth it!

English teacher: $53,000 on average. This is with the obvious benefit of vacation time, healthcare, and much more!

Publishers: As we discussed in this post, there are many different areas within publishing, and therefore, many different salaries!

Entry-level:                                                       10+ years:

  • Editorial: $30,100                                           Editorial: $71,000
  • Sales/Marketing: $$34,000                          Sales/Marketing: $93,125
  • Management: $62,500                                   Management: $149,000
  • Operations: $40,350                                       Operations: $65,000

So, if you have the passion for publishing, it will pay off in the end… literally!

Editors: $53,000 on average. Some in New York, however, can make over $100,000!

Marketing coordinator: $50,000 on average. Benefits include, 401K, time off, disability, healthcare, pension, and social security!

Librarian: $58,000 on average (with a master’s degree). This has actually increased 2-3% since 2009! In bigger libraries like Harvard Library or New York Public Library can be over $300,000!

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