Best Jobs For Humanities Majors by Salary Potential

You’ve earned your humanities degree. Now what? Browse these common jobs for humanities majors by earning potential.

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Rank 
Job Title 
Most Common Major 
% Workers with Major 
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Job Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
1Proposal ManagerEnglish Literature34%$83,00046%

1Proposal Manager
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major34%
Mid-Career Pay$83,000
% High Job Meaning46%
2Communications DirectorEnglish Literature39%$80,30067%

2Communications Director
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major39%
Mid-Career Pay$80,300
% High Job Meaning67%
3Content StrategistEnglish Language & Literature35%$71,70035%

3Content Strategist
Most Common MajorEnglish Language & Literature
% Workers with Major35%
Mid-Career Pay$71,700
% High Job Meaning35%
4Content Marketing ManagerEnglish Language & Literature43%$70,50035%

4Content Marketing Manager
Most Common MajorEnglish Language & Literature
% Workers with Major43%
Mid-Career Pay$70,500
% High Job Meaning35%
5Instructional DesignerEnglish Language & Literature26%$69,60051%

5Instructional Designer
Most Common MajorEnglish Language & Literature
% Workers with Major26%
Mid-Career Pay$69,600
% High Job Meaning51%
6Technical WriterEnglish Language & Literature33%$66,50042%

6Technical Writer
Most Common MajorEnglish Language & Literature
% Workers with Major33%
Mid-Career Pay$66,500
% High Job Meaning42%
7Content ManagerEnglish Language & Literature43%$65,20029%

7Content Manager
Most Common MajorEnglish Language & Literature
% Workers with Major43%
Mid-Career Pay$65,200
% High Job Meaning29%
8Proposal WriterEnglish Language & Literature36%$62,10029%

8Proposal Writer
Most Common MajorEnglish Language & Literature
% Workers with Major36%
Mid-Career Pay$62,100
% High Job Meaning29%
9Web Content SpecialistEnglish Language & Literature28%$57,90038%

9Web Content Specialist
Most Common MajorEnglish Language & Literature
% Workers with Major28%
Mid-Career Pay$57,900
% High Job Meaning38%
10Sign Language InterpreterAmerican Sign Language Interpreting73%$56,60088%

10Sign Language Interpreter
Most Common MajorAmerican Sign Language Interpreting
% Workers with Major73%
Mid-Career Pay$56,600
% High Job Meaning88%
11CopywriterEnglish Literature36%$55,90027%

11Copywriter
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major36%
Mid-Career Pay$55,900
% High Job Meaning27%
12Public Relations (PR) SpecialistEnglish Literature28%$55,40055%

12Public Relations (PR) Specialist
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major28%
Mid-Career Pay$55,400
% High Job Meaning55%
13Web Content EditorEnglish Literature32%$54,00040%

13Web Content Editor
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major32%
Mid-Career Pay$54,000
% High Job Meaning40%
14Legal SecretaryEnglish Language & Literature26%$53,70044%

14Legal Secretary
Most Common MajorEnglish Language & Literature
% Workers with Major26%
Mid-Career Pay$53,700
% High Job Meaning44%
15Publications EditorEnglish Literature35%$52,90044%

15Publications Editor
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major35%
Mid-Career Pay$52,900
% High Job Meaning44%
16Interpreter or TranslatorSpanish Language32%$52,40082%

16Interpreter or Translator
Most Common MajorSpanish Language
% Workers with Major32%
Mid-Career Pay$52,400
% High Job Meaning82%
17Content WriterEnglish Literature32%$51,70036%

17Content Writer
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major32%
Mid-Career Pay$51,700
% High Job Meaning36%
18Paralegal / Legal AssistantHistory25%$51,40043%

18Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Most Common MajorHistory
% Workers with Major25%
Mid-Career Pay$51,400
% High Job Meaning43%
19WriterEnglish Literature42%$51,10053%

19Writer
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major42%
Mid-Career Pay$51,100
% High Job Meaning53%
20Grant WriterEnglish Literature36%$50,10086%

20Grant Writer
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major36%
Mid-Career Pay$50,100
% High Job Meaning86%
21ProofreaderEnglish Literature35%$49,90044%

21Proofreader
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major35%
Mid-Career Pay$49,900
% High Job Meaning44%
22Secondary School TeacherHistory30%$49,00086%

22Secondary School Teacher
Most Common MajorHistory
% Workers with Major30%
Mid-Career Pay$49,000
% High Job Meaning86%
23Middle School TeacherHistory29%$46,90083%

23Middle School Teacher
Most Common MajorHistory
% Workers with Major29%
Mid-Career Pay$46,900
% High Job Meaning83%
24News ReporterEnglish Literature27%$43,20059%

24News Reporter
Most Common MajorEnglish Literature
% Workers with Major27%
Mid-Career Pay$43,200
% High Job Meaning59%
25Development Coordinator, Non-profit OrganizationHistory32%$43,00086%

25Development Coordinator, Non-profit Organization
Most Common MajorHistory
% Workers with Major32%
Mid-Career Pay$43,000
% High Job Meaning86%
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Students who major in humanities (English, history, sociology, foreign languages, etc.) are known for their sharp analytical skills, but how does a nuanced understanding of nineteenth century literature translate into a paycheck once you’re out of college? The PayScale College Salary Report includes a number of career paths available to humanities majors that require right brain thinking and have high earning potential. Creativity and critical thinking skills are valuable assets to many employers, especially when supplemented with additional technical skills or training.

A surprising number of Senior Marketing Directors hold a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. With a median mid-career salary of more than $100,000, that’s a good argument to use against anybody who says English is a waste of time. Other popular, high-paying jobs popular with English majors are Executive Editor, Content Strategist, Editorial Director and Senior Technical Writer.

Just because you major in the humanities, it doesn’t mean that you should never set foot in the computer science department. In fact, picking up a few tech skills can really pay off. For example, a Copywriter who aspires to work online, would, unsurprisingly, benefit from basic proficiency in blogging, html, or content management.

Other popular and profitable positions for humanities majors that benefit from some familiarity with a computer include Content Marketing Manager, Web Producer and Content Strategist.


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