Careers for Reading Lovers

Oct 19, 2010

Are you the type of person who checks out more books from the library than you could ever possibly read? Do you wake up on weekend mornings and start reading before you've even had your coffee? Read on to discover five exciting jobs that let you call yourself a professional reader.

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Books

Writer

If you love to read, why not write? You can bring the pleasure of reading to countless others by crafting your own texts. Writers can become novelists, journalists, reporters, short story authors, screen writers and, more often than not, some combination of them all.

A degree in English or creative writing may help your writing career, but it isn't necessarily required. Naturally, an excellent command of written English is a must for aspiring writers.

Editing

Editor

If you love details as much as you love reading, this is the job for you. It's an editor's job to read text and make needed corrections or adjustments to documents prior to publishing. Editors can work for magazines, newspapers or publishing houses, or they can offer their services freelance to writers of all kinds. If you're a student, you can get editorial practice by working for the school newspaper or volunteering for the writing tutoring center.

Again, a degree in English or creative writing may be useful for editors, but having a bachelor's degree in any field can get you started on this path.

Desktop Publishing

Desktop Publisher

Want to combine a passion for design with your love of reading? Consider desktop publishing, which requires reading, writing, editing and graphic design skills. You can work in-house designing documents for a company, or you might offer your services freelance to businesses throughout your community.

This is another career that doesn't require a specific degree. However, having at least an associate's degree may help you get hired faster. Consider studying graphic design or graphic arts, and check out technical courses from third-party vendors, like Microsoft and Adobe. Completing courses and earning software certifications from those vendors may give you an edge in the job market.

Library

Librarian

In the 21st century, librarians are as much information experts as they are keepers of books. But they still get to spend most of their days thinking about books, reading books and sharing their love of books with others.

These days, many librarians have a master's degree in library and information science. If you're still an undergraduate, consider majoring in English or one of the other liberal arts - you'll get to spend lots of time reading while preparing for your career.

Teaching

Teacher

If you become an English teacher, you can share your love of books with generations of students to come. Individuals with strengths in other areas - history, social sciences, even math - can become teachers and incorporate reading into just about any curriculum.

Public school teachers are required to obtain at least a bachelor's degree, in addition to a teaching certificate. Students interested in teaching at the college level should consider pursuing a PhD in their subject of choice.

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