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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

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Other generalist occupations with strong earning potential include communications jobs. For example, PR specialists had a median salary of $51,280 in 2008. And in the area of office and administrative support, the mean salary is in the low $40,000 range. Interestingly enough, one of the better-paying occupational areas doesn’t even require a degree at all. In construction, mean salaries range from the mid-$30s to the high-$50s.

Most other high-paying occupational fields, as defined by the BLS, require a specialized education. Just a few that deserve mention include accounting, architecture, IT, law and healthcare.

Qualities to Cultivate

So, with your brand-new degree in oceanography, what qualities will make you the most marketable for an entry-level real estate or sales position? Here’s a partial listing of soft skills Don Straits, CEO of Corporate Warriors, suggests you develop:

• Initiative
• Self-confidence
• Leadership
• Compatibility with others
• Positive attitude
• Social skills/interests/involvement
• Integrity
• Communication skills

Liberal arts majors may be more numerous than dandelions on a spring lawn, but that doesn’t mean your bachelor’s degree is useless. It can mean, however, that making the transition from student to employee will involve brushing up on those soft skills. And it’s safe to say that a college education will be a door opener, regardless of the occupational area you choose.

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