A degree in English can open up doors to many different careers. The ability to read and interpret complicated texts and to parse complicated ideas in writing is an integral skill in many professions. Perhaps the most obvious career path for those passionate about English would be to become an author, editor, copy writer, or other type of writer. These professionals are responsible for nearly all the text you experience in your day to day life. They work for publishing companies, advertising and public relations firms, colleges and universities, and other information service companies. The writing and editing profession encompasses a startling array of topics and mediums, from fashion magazines to science textbooks.
A bachelor’s degree is the usual minimum required education, for beginning a job in writing or editing fields. A degree in English, communications, journalism, or another humanities field with significant writing and reading experience can be good preparation for this career. Master’s degrees can provide further training and allow students to focus on a more specific aspect of the English language. Doctoral degrees involve intense years of work on a specific research question, and can be helpful for beginning a career in academia.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth at about the average rate in the coming years, for professionals in the writing and editing industries. New media outlets are creating a number of new jobs, while aspects of the traditional publishing industry are contracting. Job competition is predicted to be tough, since talented people of many backgrounds enter writing careers. Writers can expect average yearly salaries of $38,000-75,000; editors earn about $37,000-69,000 a year.
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