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580 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
132 Master's Degrees Annually
#192 in Popularity
$78,150 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other English Literature Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many English literature (other) graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 580
Associate’s Degree 228
Basic Certificate 152
Master’s Degree 132
Undergraduate Certificate 28
Graduate Certificate 24
Doctor’s Degree 19

What Other English Literature Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to other English and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other English Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in other English should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Skills for Other English Majors

When studying other English, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Abilities for Other English Majors

As a other English major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Other English Literature Major?

People with a other English degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
English Language and Literature Professors 9.8% $66,590

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Other English Literature?

580 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
69% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 580 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature (other) in 2019, making it rank #192 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 69% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other English majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other English Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 28
Black or African American 33
Hispanic or Latino 68
White 378
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 58

Geographic Diversity

Other English appeals to people across the globe. About 2.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Brazil
  • Colombia

How Much Do Other English Literature Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature (other) made a median starting salary of $24,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $22,450 (25th percentile) and $25,800 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to other English so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Other English majors often go into careers with median salaries of $78,150. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with other English may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other English have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 10.0%
Master’s Degree 31.5%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.3%
Doctoral Degree 60.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.3%

Online Other English Literature Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 96 schools offered some type of English literature (other) program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 6 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 1
Bachelor’s Degree 6 2
Post-Baccalaureate 6 0
Master’s Degree 19 1
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 9 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other English Literature Worth It?

The median salary for a other English grad is $78,150 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 96% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $765,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other English.

Major Number of Grads
General English Literature 42,666
Writing Studies 14,629
Literature 841

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