Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: English

English field of degree. Employment: 1,733,540. Median annual wage: $50,000.

English field of degree. Employment: 1,733,540. Median annual wage: $50,000

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Table 1. English degree, 2018

Data

English

All fields

Employment

1,733,540 55,381,020

Median wage

$50,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

20 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

60 59

Percent with an advanced degree

46 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of English majors, 2018

English majors

Major share

English language and literature

93%

Composition and rhetoric

7

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an English degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Educational instruction and library occupations

22%

Management occupations

15

Office and administrative support occupations

10

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

8

Sales and related occupations

8

Other

37

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with an English degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 6% 74%

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 9 50

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 5 93

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

4 Bachelor's degree 3 53

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

4 Master's degree 2 55

Retail salespersons

-1 No formal educational credential 2 4

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 4 21

Writers and authors

-2 Bachelor's degree 2 31

Editors

-7 Bachelor's degree 2 26

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

-10 High school diploma or equivalent 2 4

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: English,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/english/english-field-of-degree.htm (visited June 12, 2021).

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