"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 (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos318.htm)
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 (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes273043.htm#nat)