Top Careers and Salaries for English Studies Graduates

Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:25 PM

Careers for English Studies Graduates


As an English Studies student, you’ll study literature, language, culture, history, as well as developing your writing skills.  At the same time, you’ll develop valuable skills for any number of career choices.


But after university, what sorts of careers does an English degree lead to? As you’ll see here, English graduates enjoy varied and enjoyable careers, in all sorts of sectors.  


Top Professions for English Studies Graduates by Age

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If you are studying English but not sure of what career path to follow, then the chart above might be able to help you to figure out where to start. Not surprisingly, as is the case with all Humanity subjects, the first jobs English grads hold out of university are primarily administrative and sales roles, although almost 18% of new graduates go into teaching straight away and others get jobs in childcare or artistic/media roles.


But don’t let the thought of a career in administration get you down! The chart shows that the professions of English Studies graduates change as they get older, when they move into exciting roles in media, marketing, libraries, literary and artistic occupations and management/directors, and a massive 60% end up in teaching roles eventually.


The skills that you developed at university will be very useful in whatever career you are considering. It is common for English graduates to take entry-level roles in these professions and then progress up the ladder. This will give you valuable time to get to know your new industry to see if you are a good fit and will also give you the opportunity to see some new career horizons – you may like the look of the marketing role, or perhaps you are drawn to the teaching side of things, or maybe you have sales skills that emerge unexpectedly!


Salaries for English Studies Graduates by Age

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So now that you know what kind of careers English graduates have, you’re probably interested to see what kind of salary you can expect. As you can see from this graph, you can expect to earn around £16,700 as a new graduate, but that jumps up alot by the time English grads are 30 years old when they are making to over £26,500 per year on average. Eventually, English Studies graduates’ salaries peak at an average £31,300 per year.


You can find out more information on where to study English, the best university courses in terms of graduate jobs and the relevant grades you’ll need for your chosen university at



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