Types of Degrees Writing Studies Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many writing studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Writing Studies Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to writing and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Writing Majors
Writing majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
- 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.
Skills for Writing Majors
The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to writing:
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- 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.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Abilities for Writing Majors
As you progress with your writing degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- 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.
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
What Can You Do With a Writing Studies Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with writing:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|English Language and Literature Professors||9.8%||$66,590|
|Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers||7.6%||$62,170|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Writing Studies?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of writing majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||285|
|Hispanic or Latino||323|
Writing appeals to people across the globe. About 3.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
How Much Do Writing Studies Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in writing was $33,250 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $29,250 (25th percentile) and $38,425 (75th percentile).
It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to writing.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $73,090 to $76,990 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to writing. This range includes 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Writing Studies
Some degrees associated with writing may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for writing careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||6.3%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||3.1%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||1.4%|
|Some College Courses||7.7%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||8.5%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||1.6%|
|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.||0.5%|
Online Writing Studies Programs
In 2018-2019, 736 schools offered a writing 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)||108||19|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||25||1|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||3||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||33||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Writing Studies Worth It?
The median salary for a writing grad is $75,500 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 89% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $712,000 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Writing Studies
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to writing.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|General English Literature||42,666|
|English Literature (Other)||1,163|
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- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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