It’s the one question English majors hate the most, and hear most often: “What are you going to do with your degree when you graduate?” Most people need to take things one step at a time, and live one day at a time. They decided to earn their English degree because they have a love of literature and linguistics, and not necessarily because they have their whole career mapped out, and are planning to go on a warpath. At the same time, the future is coming, and it’s a good idea to know what jobs an English degree can get you other than teaching. Here are just a few of the exciting opportunities that are out there.
- Managing Editor – Managing editors make a median annual salary of $53,000. These people are responsible for the daily operation of a news department at a print publication, website, or TV station.
- IT Project Manager – Sure, information technology is not exactly the same thing as classic literature, but diagramming a sentence is a lot like IT — you need to break complicated concepts down to their parts and put them back together. IT Project Managers plan, coordinate, and direct tech-related activities, such as upgrading systems to building network security systems. They also make $67,000 a year.
- Proposal Managers – English majors make great proposal managers, because they possess the persuasive skills and argumentative experience required to succeed down this career path. Making a median annual salary of $65,000, Proposal Managers coordinate writers, illustrators, and other team members to prepare proposals on the behalf of their company for contracted projects.
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