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Careers in Literature
What can you do with a degree in Literature?
- Education - Private and Public Schools, After School Programs, Student Affairs, Non-Profit Organization
- Book Editing and Publishing - Literary Agencies, Magazines
- The Arts - Museums, Galleries, Art Administration
- Advertising/Public Relations - Agencies, Magazines
- Social Services - Cultural/Heritage Agencies, Health Care Agencies, Philanthropic Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations
- Law - Private Firms, Public Defense
- Journalism - Magazines, Newspapers, Television
- Business - Fundraising and Development, Market Research, Real Estate, Human Resources
- Government - Campaigns, Local or Federal Government, State Officials
- Any field that requires verbal sophistication, interpretive intelligence, interpersonal skills, and wide exposure to literary forms.
UC San Diego’s Career Services Center surveyed baccalaureate graduates who completed their degrees between December 2010 and June 2011. Sixty-eight percent (910) of the total respondents reporting outcomes found permanent employment in a wide range of fields, while 32% (426) were admitted to professional or graduate school.
Did you know?
The study of literature has long been considered an ideal preparation for law school.
According to Harvard Alumni Magazine, literature majors outnumber Biology majors for admittance to medical schools in the United States.
Tech industries are eager to find employees with well developed writing skills and cultural knowledge, not just for jobs in editing and program writing, but for creative tasks such as website production.
The business world and international corporations actively recruit students with a specialty in another language.