This week’s CAS Careers post is targeted toward…

This week’s CAS Careers post is targeted toward Literature majors and Environmental Science/Studies majors. After the break, you’ll find some brief information on what you can do with your major after graduation, along with statistics on salary ranges and links to other helpful resources.

Careers in Literature

Speaking from personal experience, I know that friends and family are often stumped as to future options for Lit. majors: “Oh, you’re studying George Eliot? That’s nice. What do you plan on doing after college?” At the risk of repeating myself, I want to reiterate what I said in my last post about History majors. A degree in the humanities can lead you to pretty much any career field. What people don’t often realize is that Literature majors are actually building a strong core of critical thinking, writing, and editing skills which transcend genres and eras. While an academic or literary job is a logical step, there are a multitude of career options for people with a background in Literature.

Here is a brief list of some popular careers Literature majors have found success in, along with their national median salary*:

High school teacher

$51,000

Copywriter

$52,000

Reporter/Writer

$57,000

Website Editor

$59,000

Court Reporter

$51,000

Account Executive

$61,000

Membership Director

$82,000

Professor

$80,000

*Data collected from salary.com, along with other websites listed below

Visit our Career Resource Library and check out some of our books on careers in Literature:

Here are a few websites with information on careers in Literature:

If you’re a Literature major, and would like some more personalized information on your career options, schedule an appointment with one of our CAS Career Advisors: Anna Litman or Marie Spaulding. Also, feel free to stop by our CAS drop-in hours, which are held every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 next to the entrance to TDR.

 

Careers in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies

In these tough economic times, companies are beginning to see the benefits of ‘going green.’ Your degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies puts you in a perfect position to be competitive in this job market and to do some good in the world. Some of the skills you bring to prospective employers include:

  • Knowledge of trends and policy in environmental science
  • Applicable insight into environmental policy reflecting data from the social and natural sciences
  • Comfort in communicating scientific concepts and concerns to a diverse audience
  • Technical skills, such as data collection and analysis in the laboratory and field
  • Strong quantitative and reasoning skills

Here is a brief list of some popular careers in Environmental Science/Studies, along with their national median salary*:

Biologist (Entry-Level)

$46,000

Environmental Compliance Specialist

$65,000

Lobbyist

$99,000

Park Naturalist

$48,000

Environmental Service Coordinator

$81,000

Environmental Planner

$51,000

*Data collected from salary.com, along with other websites listed below

Visit our Career Resource Library and check out some of our books related to careers in Environmental Science and Studies:

Here are a few websites with information on careers in Environmental Science/Studies:

If you’re an Environmental Science or Environmental Studies major, and would like some more personalized information on your career options, schedule an appointment with one of our CAS Career Advisors: Anna Litman or Marie Spaulding. Also, feel free to stop by our CAS drop-in hours, which are held every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 next to the entrance to TDR.

 

 

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