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Writing Studies Major

11,746 yearly degrees
#87 in popularity
$76,000 median salary

Writing studies is a major that typically falls into the English Language & Literature category.

There are 60 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in writing, 532 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 319 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 33 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Writing Degree?

In 2017, roughly 7,700 writing studies majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree. This makes it #57 in popularity of all the majors we track. This major is dominated by women with about 68% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of writing majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 3.5%
  • Black or African American: 8.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 10.7%
  • White: 66.9%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1.9%
  • Other Races: 8.9%
Writing Studies Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in writing. About 1.9% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending writing majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and Canada.

What Will You Learn as a Writing Studies Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to writing to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Writing Majors

A major in writing should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Writing Studies Majors

Skills for Writing Majors

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

Important Skills for Writing Studies Majors

Abilities for Writing Majors

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

Important Abilities for writing Majors

What Can You Do With a Writing Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with writing:

Careers Related to Writing Studies
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

English Language and Literature Professors






Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers



Copy Writers



Technical Writers






Writing Studies Major Salary

Writing majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $73,000 to $77,000. This range includes 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Writing Major  ( 73000 to 77000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Writing Studies Major Jobs

Some careers associated with writing may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Writing Studies
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Writing Studies Programs

There are 532 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in writing studies, with 27 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Writing Studies Major Worth It?

The median salary for a writing grad is $76,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 94% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $732,000 after 20 years!

writing studies salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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