Except for a small portion of college majors, like medicine or law, what you end up studying can open up a world of possibilities for you. We’re long past the days of going to college to study one area with the intention of it leading to one type of job, as today’s educational landscape is much broader than that. And with the economy still in flux, you have so many possibilities when it comes to landing a job that pays well and suits you, so let’s take a look at what some of those are.
Data information for the following careers taken from Simply Hired.
It’s almost a cliché to tell someone they have to teach because they got an English degree, but that’s not the case anymore. With a little bit of ingenuity and creativity, you can apply your English degree to the following jobs:
SEO Content Writer: With information moving more and more to the online realm, there are certain formulas that have to be followed for each site to rank highly. If you can do that successfully, you’ll be looking at an average yearly salary of $56,000.
Technical Writer: This career is just as it sounds, as you’ll be tasked with being as exact as possible with your writing. Companies looking to draft contracts, create manuals for their products or anything else that requires a sharp eye and precise pen can net you roughly $52,000 a year.
Public Relations: In this career, you’ll be able to use all the nitpicky things you learned with your English degree, like formal grammar, AP style, and creativity. And if you can capably write company newsletters, press releases and social media content, you’ll be rewarded with an average yearly salary of $52,000.
Ah, this degree, the one that seems to unfairly garner the most snide remarks. But for anyone who’s ever studied philosophy in college, they know exactly what a demanding and rigorous program it is, from having to read pages and pages of dense texts to formulating their own clearly written essays. While the job market may not be falling over themselves for philosophy grads, that’s because you have to take your degree and apply it creatively.
Think Tank Institute: In the private sector, it’s hard to think of a job that demands its employees to think, hypothesize, and write more than at a think tank. You’ll be going through decades of data, and then using it to perform your own studies to the tune of $56,000 a year.
Lawyer: Philosophy is one of the strongest gateways into law school, as you’ll need prior experience in reading and writing more than you thought possible. But if you can get through to the other side, you’ll be greeted with an average salary of $64,000 a year.
Librarian: You’ll have to specialize in library studies, but philosophy is a good entry point to this job. Once employed, you’ll need to use your organization skills to the maximum as you keep track of thousands of titles; your average yearly salary will be around $44,000.
When most people think of computer science, they think of long nights huddled around a glowing computer screen, furiously typing away and creating programs for Silicon Valley. However, that’s not always the case, and there are plenty of other jobs you can get that aren’t in Silicon Valley.
Software Engineer: All the fundamentals you learned in computer science will be applied here, as you’ll be designing, developing, testing and evaluating the programs that make a computer run. Edge your competition for a job, and bring home an average yearly paycheck of $72,000.
Java Developer: This is one of the hottest and fastest-growing careers in IT, as Java is one of the main languages for computers and smartphones. Most people have at least one of the two, which means your skills are in high demand, and you’ll be handsomely rewarded, too, at roughly $79,000 a year.
System Administrator: Not only will you be responsible for researching and developing infrastructure, but you’ll also be overseeing installing, configuring, operating and maintaining systems hardware and software. It’s a career that demands someone who’s highly skilled and proficient, but you’ll be pulling in an average of $59,000 a year, with huge potential for advancement.