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Other English Literature

132 Master's Degrees Annually
19 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#224 in Popularity (Master's)
$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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 132
Graduate Certificate 24
Doctor’s Degree 19

What Other English Literature Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, other English majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other English Majors

Other English majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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

When studying other English, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • 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

Other English majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • 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 Master’s Degree in Other English Literature?

132 Master's Degrees Annually
76% Percent Women
20% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 76% 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 Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 14
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 87
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Other English, too. About 9.1% 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?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to other English is $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.

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

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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 2018-2019, 96 schools offered a other English program of some type. 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) 6 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 1
Bachelor’s Degree 6 2
Post-Baccalaureate 6 0
Master’s Degree 19 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!

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

Major Number of Grads
General English Literature 42,666
Writing Studies 14,629
Literature 841

References

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