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17 Great Jobs for English Majors

Posted by Emily Moore

January 4, 2019

“What are you going to do with a degree in English?”

As a former English major myself, I’m no stranger to the anxiety this question provokes. Although an English degree may not directly prepare you for one particular role, the skills you gain from it — excellent written and verbal communication, critical thinking, persuasive reasoning — are transferable to a number of different fields, many of which pay quite well.

Want some ideas to get you started? Check out the following roles!

1. Copywriter

Average Base Pay: $69,935


Number of Open Jobs: 5,565

Description: Copywriters typically write short-form content like website/product text, advertising slogans, emails and more. They may work at advertising or digital marketing agencies and write for multiple clients, or in-house for one particular company.

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2. Content Writer

Average Base Pay: $54,455

Number of Open Jobs: 5,679

Description: Content Writers, on the other hand, typically write longer-form content like blog posts, whitepapers, eBooks, case studies, etc. Starting out as a Content Writer may open the door to titles like Content Marketing Manager, Content Editor or Editorial Director.

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3. Account Executive

Average Base Pay: $67,225

Number of Open Jobs: 60,288

Description: Account Executive is one of the most common job titles in the sales field. Account Executives often spend their days identifying potential clients and managing relationships with current ones. This might involve email outreach, cold calling, scheduling meetings and closing deals.

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4. Marketing Coordinator

Average Base Pay: $55,076

Number of Open Jobs: 29,720

Description: Marketing Coordinators support marketing departments with a wide range of initiatives. This might include asset creation, project management, reporting, research or administrative tasks.

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5. Teacher

Average Base Pay: $52,363

Number of Open Jobs: 47,071

Description: Although you will often need a certificate, majoring in English prepares you well for a career in teaching. Excellent writing and mastery of grammar will come in hand whether you’re planning lessons, grading papers or lecturing.

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6. SEO Specialist

Average Base Pay: $66,848

Number of Open Jobs: 1,991

Description: SEO Specialists optimize websites and digital content in order to ensure that it ranks highly on search engines. This may involve activities like content creation, keyword research, link building campaigns, site audits and more.

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7. Journalist

Average Base Pay: $52,162

Number of Open Jobs: 2,525

Description: Although the journalism field as a whole has shrunk in recent years, there is still a need for talented reporters with top-notch writing, editing and investigative skills. Journalists spend much of their time identifying buzzworthy topics, researching their assigned subjects, interviewing sources, writing, proofreading and, increasingly, leveraging reporting tools to analyze the performance of their content.

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8. Social Media Coordinator

Average Base Pay: $47,098

Number of Open Jobs: 9,499

Description: Social Media Coordinators are tasked with amplifying their employer’s brand on social media channels. Daily tasks could include writing and scheduling social media posts, planning social media campaigns, responding to follower queries and reporting on metrics.

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9. Paralegal

Average Base Pay: $58,100

Number of Open Jobs: 5,647

Description: Paralegals serve a supporting role to lawyers in an organization. A paralegal often performs clerical tasks, like conducting research, filing paperwork and reviewing documents. You may need a paralegal certificate in order to find a job, although this is not always required. While being a paralegal is a career in its own right, many people work as paralegals before or while studying to become a lawyer.

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10. Customer Service Representative

Average Base Pay: $37,221

Number of Open Jobs: 94,827

Description: Customer Service Representatives are dedicated to helping customers and clients with whatever needs they might have. This frequently involves leveraging their expert knowledge of their company’s products/services in order to respond to queries that come in via phone, email and social media. Customer Service Representatives may go on to become Customer Success Managers, a role which is more closely linked with sales.

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11. Proposal Writer

Average Base Pay: $60,021

Number of Open Jobs: 5,704

Description: Proposal Writers are responsible for drafting documents that persuade a potential client, stakeholder or partner to do business with or financially support their organization. This might mean drafting RFPs, pitch presentations and grant applications, among others.

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12. Editorial Assistant

Average Base Pay: $42,715

Number of Open Jobs: 1,643

Description: Editorial Assistants, often employed at magazines, newspapers and other publications, help manage the content production process. Common tasks include researching, fact-checking, writing, proofreading and performing administrative work.

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13. Public Relations Coordinator

Average Base Pay: $60,474

Number of Open Jobs: 14,320

Description: Public Relations Coordinator is an entry-level position in public relations, a field dedicated to generating a positive buzz around companies. A day in the life of a Public Relations Coordinator might involve pitching reporters, creating and maintaining a media list, drafting a press release, fielding inbound inquiries and tracking news coverage.

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14. Technical Writer

Average Base Pay: $70,577

Number of Open Jobs: 5,838

Description: As the name suggests, Technical Writers are in charge of drafting technical documents. A few examples of technical documents are instruction manuals, tutorials, reports and product guides. Technical Writers must be able to clearly and concisely explain complex information, and possess a thorough understanding of whatever subject matter they write about.

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15. Associate Consultant

Average Base Pay: $78,819

Number of Open Jobs: 48,867

Description: Consulting firms like Bain, Deloitte, EY & others are always on the lookout for talented Associate Consultants, who identify areas of improvement in organizations and come up with solutions to overcome those challenges. Many students mistakenly believe that only Business Majors are qualified, but the truth is, consulting firms often love to have candidates from varied backgrounds as long as they are analytical problem solvers.

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16. Copy Editor

Average Base Pay: $50,820

Number of Open Jobs: 4,651

Description: Often employed at publications, Copy Editors review text to make sure that it is clear, correct and compelling. An eagle eye for spelling and grammar are required, as are proficiency in fact-checking and a deep understanding of narrative structure.

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17. Executive Assistant

Average Base Pay: $61,932

Number of Open Jobs: 27,913

Description: Executive Assistants support high-level business leaders through administrative tasks like scheduling, paperwork, travel coordination, running errands and answering phone calls. Organizational skills, time management and the ability to multitask are critical for this role.

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