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582 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
143 Master's Degrees Annually
#190 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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 582
Associate’s Degree 275
Master’s Degree 143
Basic Certificate 113
Undergraduate Certificate 53
Graduate Certificate 25
Doctor’s Degree 24

What Other English Literature Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to other English were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

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:

  • 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

other English majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

  • 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 you progress with your other English degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

  • 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?

582 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
68% Percent Women
24% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 582 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature (other) in 2018, making it rank #190 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 68% of the recent graduates in this field are 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 21
Black or African American 44
Hispanic or Latino 54
White 367
International Students 17
Other Races/Ethnicities 79

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Other English. About 2.9% 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 median early-career salary of English literature (other) students with a bachelor’s degree is $24,300 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $22,450 (25th percentile) and $25,800 (75th percentile).


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 the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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.

Median Salary for an Other English Literature Major  78150
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Some careers associated with other English require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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.

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 2017-2018 academic year, 92 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) 7 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 10 2
Bachelor’s Degree 6 2
Post-Baccalaureate 7 0
Master’s Degree 20 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!


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

Major Number of Grads
General English Literature 43,370
Writing Studies 12,624
Literature 780


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