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High-Paying Jobs for English Majors

High-Paying Jobs for English Majors

Paul W. Barada |Monster Salary and Negotiation Expert

July 06, 2010

Where are the good jobs for people who don’t have specialized degrees in fields such as medicine, engineering and law and don’t know how to do advanced coding in five different computer languages?

In other words, what kinds of good-paying jobs are out there that can be performed by the generalist — someone with a typical liberal arts degree in English, geography, history or any one of the hundreds of other majors colleges and universities offer that aren’t exactly job-friendly?

The best place to turn to see what’s out there is the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It lists most, if not all, of the generally accepted job titles and the mean annual salaries accompanying them.

The most interesting and, to some extent, most distressing fact the data reveals is that there really aren’t an abundance of lucrative occupational categories for liberal arts majors. What career paths are best for you and your degree in medieval history? Well, you either get an advanced degree in it so you can teach the subject you’re passionate about, or you take the plunge into the waters of an uncertain job pool.

According to the BLS, the most lucrative jobs compatible with a less-than-specialized major fall under:

• Real estate
• Management
• Business and Finance
• Sales

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