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Date: Apr 10 2005
Major: English (This Major's Salary over time)
I double majored in English and elementary education. This made me more employable than many of my peers who only did a liberal arts subject (English, history, etc.) However, the education training was more idealistic—to give you a certain world view—rather than practical. There was VERY inadequate training on how to survive the hard parts of teaching like classroom management struggles.

As for English, I have not directly used in in a career except to teach 4th and 5th graders literacy skills, and of course it has made me a strong reader, writer and thinker. However, I am considering doing an MA in English and I think the degree will help me get into programs—except that the degree was so hard I did not get all A's.

Most of my fellow graduates work as teachers (even if they didn't get certification), or at non-profits like Planned Parenthood, or at a health food store. Generally graduates spend 1-3 years early a subsistence salary, and then go to graduate school in somethin more practical (or to become a professor). The Computer Science majors tend to make a bit more, but not really more than the teachers. I don't know any alum who graduated right into a high paying job, but that's what one might expect from a liberal arts degree that is not Ivy League (and there really isn't a lot of employers coming to recruit since we're so rural).

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