Graduate Salary
4 years
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English Literature Requirements

An English Literature degree will help a student develop comprehensive written and spoken communication skills, become adept at arguing a point, be able to frame a narrative and analyze various levels of meaning. During an English literature degree, a student will scrutinize and debate a variety of texts, as well as acquire knowledge of literary movements, periods and critical approaches that have shaped the way we view literature today.

English Literature Careers

The career trajectory of people with an English Literature degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with English Literature degrees have experience in is Editor, followed by Copywriter, Journalist, Teacher, Proofreader, Author, Public Relations Specialist, Technical Writer, Library Assistant, and Digital Marketing Specialist.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Editor 12.7% 0.4% 28.9×
Copywriter 9.7% 0.5% 20.7×
Journalist 7.5% 0.6% 13.3×
Teacher 8.1% 3.0% 2.7×
Proofreader 12.5% 0.1% 103.6×
Author 6.9% 0.5% 14.2×
Public Relations Specialist 3.7% 0.3% 11.0×
Technical Writer 8.1% 0.1% 54.3×
Library Assistant 5.7% 0.2% 22.8×
Digital Marketing Specialist 3.8% 0.6% 6.7×

English Literature Salary

English Literature graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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English Literature Underemployment

English Literature graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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