"True Ease in Writing comes from Art, not Chance, as those move easiest who have learn'd to dance." ~ Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Criticism"

Teaching: English majors pursue careers in teaching at all levels of education. Employment of K-12 teachers is expected to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

The median annual wages of K-12 teachers ranged from:

  • $47,100 - $51,180
  • Top 10 percent earned $75,190 to $80,970
  • Lowest 10 percent earned $30,970 - $34,280

~May 2008 figures The Bureau of Labor Statistics (

At the post-secondary level, teachers are required to have a Master’s Degree and/or PhD. Earnings are commensurate with the degrees earned and experience. 

Business: An English degree also prepares for work in a variety of fields. Illinois ranks third behind New York and California, offering the highest employment, location, and average wages:

Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers  $56,210
Advertising, public relations, and related services           $73,710
Radio and Television Broadcasting                                     $66,110
Motion Picture and Video Industries      $78,680
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers                $100,110
Other Information Services                                                 $ 63, 200
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services   $84,320
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage   $79,620


~The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ listing of Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010 (