Skip to Main Content

Jobs for Literature Majors

Literature majors can earn high salaries.

From the PayScale 2016-17 College Salary Report:

Job TitlePercent  of  Workers with
English Literature Major
Mid-Career Pay
Corporate Communications Director14%$128,000
Editorial Director11%$92,200
Executive Editor16%$91,200
Senior Communications Specialist8%$66,800
Writer16%$56,300

Who knows where you’ll end up working? Lizzy Walker, Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian

Who knows where you’ll end up working?
Lizzy Walker, Metadata and Digital Initiatives Librarian

Midcareer salaries of liberal arts majors are higher than salaries of people with degrees in vocational fields such as nursing and accounting.

Literature majors are positioned well for careers in other fields

  • Humanities majors including English have higher acceptance rates to medical school than social science or natural science majors
  • English majors score higher on the GMAT than Business majors
  • Two thirds of CEO’s say that the most important skills they look for in college graduates are critical thinking and written communication skills, skills which a Literature major provides