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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A Library: An English Major’s Heaven


I think every book lover dreams of the library from Beauty and the Beast, and envies Matilda for dragging that wagon full of books home from the library. So, essentially, being a librarian is a dream career for most English majors.

However, librarians are more than just the elderly, cranky women who tell you to “shhh” for turning a page too loudly (although, at the library I work, all the librarians are extremely nice!)

Librarians need to be able to search databases and be well versed in the layout of the institution. Many people don’t understand that a library is a business, too. They need to budget, plan, maintain their materials, operate as the “book police” to make sure patrons return the books, and maintain the library as a building, business, and public space.

Without librarians, the free sharing of books, reference materials, and databases would be impossible!

If you love surrounding yourself with books, people, and knowledge, a job in library science is a great place for you!

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Marketing… The most “math” an English major can handle

“In addition to well-developed oral and written communication skills, English majors have been noted to have a tremendous capacity for research and critical thinking” Leslie Stevenson (director at University of Richmond’s career development center)–Thanks

Marketing is another great option for English majors. Again, a useful double major is communication, as you learn skills for representing and communicating with various industries. However, as many of my fellow English majors will agree, analyzing is an unavoidable task for papers, literature, and other areas, which is inherently linked to critical thinking. Analyzing data and sales is a huge part of a marketing coordinator’s job. You must be able to think big picture while still looking at minute details, which is, essentially, an English paper!

We English majors are also extremely creative. In marketing, advertising is a key component in which they need to think outside the box and get the viewer’s attention. Creative wording, storyline, or appearance is essential.

Planning and organizing meetings and presentations are a huge part of marketing, so if you enjoy public speaking and sharing your ideas, this career may be perfect for you.

I would suggest a double major in Communications, but, in my (biased) opinion, the creativity and skills of an English major are key to being successful in marketing.

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The many options within publishing…

My previous post dealt with publishing as a career, but what many people don’t know is that there are so many different levels within a publishing company that are available.

Editorial is one of them. Within this department, the editors edit manuscripts, meet deadlines, and meet with authors. They often work a lot of overtime in order to finish reading through a manuscript and have meetings around the author’s schedules. However, if you find the right field to be an editor in, like science fiction, non fiction, or textbook information, you may be immersed in information that you love!

Not only do editors work for book publishing companies, nearly all companies require an editor, whether it is in law, science, business, and so many more. All businesses put out information that needs to be edited, whether that is in a newspaper, advertising, informational pamphlets, business handbooks, textbooks, websites, etc.

So, yes, jobs within book publishing may be limited, but if you enjoy correcting and reading other people’s work, the possibilities are endless!

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My Dream Career


With an English degree, a great career path to go into is publishing. There are an array of options like magazines, novels, textbooks, newspapers, pamphlets, advertising, etc. For me, I love to read and would love nothing more than to have a career at Scholastic Inc. If you enjoy magazines, there are countless topics and genres to choose from: architecture, fashion, gossip, science, art, and the list goes on and on. If you love sharing information through the written word, publishing could be for you!

Depending on the size of the company, publishers can copy edit, supervise the many different levels of publishing (graphic design, editing, writing, etc.), manage deadlines, meet with authors and agents, market… Basically, they are in charge. This career relies on communication, writing, reading, and leadership skills.

Publishing is popular in larger cities like New York City, Chicago, London, or San Francisco, but also can be found in smaller urban areas throughout the world. Local newspapers and magazines require a publisher, so don’t think you’ll have to pack up and move to a large city if that’s not what interests you!

The options are endless, so start looking for internships and find out if this is the career for you!

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Alright, I’ll give in… Another option: Teaching


Every time I tell people that I’m an English major, they assume I am going into teaching. Although a great career, it does get annoying after awhile because I, personally, would make a terrible teacher. (Kids are not my strong-suit!)

However, if you are passionate about sharing the love of literature, writing, and reading, this may be the career for you! There are many grade levels you could teach, do you like little kids and want to introduce them to reading or do you enjoy polishing a more developed mind in literature?

English teachers can work with kids in writing, reading, grammar, and many different areas of English. If you are particularly interested in a topic, there is a great chance you would be able to focus on it in your very own classroom!

It is important to note the transition that the internet, social media, and e-books has created in today’s youth. They have introduced acronyms like “LOL” or “OMG” or shorting words like, “srsly,” or, “lyk.” I have seen it on my own Facebook page and I think it is a new challenge for educators today.

Sometimes, in certain districts and states, an education degree is not even required. Check it out and consider this career today! Not only will you find it rewarding with the benefits, you are also constantly influencing and inspiring future generations.

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Paralegals and English?

Another unexpected option for an English major is going into Paralegal studies. Yes, you can major in Paralegal studies, but you could also get a Bachelor’s degree in English and then a paralegal certificate, which can take as little as 7 months or if you take just one credit at a time, up to 17 months, according to  That is a great addition to a Bachelor’s degree in English, for such a little amount of time!

Paralegals work with lawyers in gathering, reading and writing about legal work. They often give attorneys essential documents for cases. Having a Bachelors in English will give you a head start in the ability to write professionally, intelligently, and comfortably. It involves a lot of reading and writing, so if that is what you are interested in, go for it!

Even more good news: Many paralegals enjoy it so much, they even go on to law school!


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