10 jobs for people who never confuse ‘they're,’ ‘their’ and ‘there’
You can make a paycheck from your penchant for proper punctuation.
Do you frequently spend time debating the necessity of the Oxford Comma? Are you constantly correcting your friends’ grammar? Sure, they might get annoyed when you correct their spelling, word choice, and syntax, but there are careers where your boss would be pleased by your detail-oriented, rule-following disposition.
Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monster found 10 jobs for people whose favorite bedtime story is The Elements of Style.
What you’ll do: Be prepared to channel your inner Don Draper. If you’re a marketing mastermind who can craft a winning (and grammatically correct) tagline in your sleep, a copywriting career may be calling your name. You’ll be responsible for writing and editing copy for print and digital marketing materials.
What you’ll need: A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or English is preferred.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $60,250
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What you’ll do: Get your red pen (or your track changes skills) ready! As an editor, you’ll work closely with the author of a book, blog or article to improve his or her work for clarity and organization. You’ll also edit for grammar, spelling and typos.
What you’ll need: A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or English is preferred.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $56,010
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What you’ll do: Do you think you’re the voice of your generation (ahem, Hannah Horvath) or the next Shakespeare? Show you have the write stuff. Sure, the role of an editor is important—it’s always beneficial to have an extra set of eyes on content before it goes out into the world—but the best (and most marketable) writers know how to edit their own work.
What you’ll need: Writing chops. But a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism or communications is preferred though not mandatory.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $70,240
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What you’ll do: No case is the same...but the grammar rules are. You are competitive, driven, inquisitive, detail-oriented, and like Elle Woods, feel comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life. You’ll make sure only copacetic, comma slice-free, briefs go out.
What you’ll need: Pack up some books and head to law school. (What, like it’s hard?) You’ll need a juris doctor degree, and you’ll also need to pass your state’s bar exam. View a sample resume for a lawyer.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $115, 820
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What you’ll do: A paralegal jobs is a great trial run (pun intended) for becoming a lawyer if you decide to take that next step. You’ll be responsible for researching, organizing and preparing court documents, and of course you’ll be editing lawyers’ work—and ghostwriting some too!
What you’ll need: You’ll need an associate degree or bachelor’s degree. View a sample resume for a paralegal.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $48,810
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Why: Reporters gather facts and turn real-life events into well-written stories. Sharpen your pencils, though, because you’ll have to edit your scripts and articles before they go live.
What you’ll need: A bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications is preferred. View a sample resume for a reporter.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $37,720
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High School Teacher
What you’ll do: Someone has to be responsible for teaching grammar to the next generation. You’ll school students on syntax and sentence structure.
What you’ll need: If you’re teaching in a private school you’ll only need a bachelor’s degree. To teach in a public school, you’ll need a state-issued certification or license. View a sample resume for a teacher.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $57,200
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Public Relations Specialist
Why: People and companies are counting on you to make a good first impression. If your press releases have numerous errors, it’s very likely they’ll go straight into the trash. Public relations specialists help their clients or company get great press coverage by thoroughly checking the grammar, style and facts of public-facing materials oriented toward reporters, editors and other journalists or bloggers.
What you’ll need: Public relations specialists usually need a bachelor’s degree. A degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business is preferred. View a sample resume for a public relations manager.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $56,570
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Why: Reading directions can be confusing enough—your sentence structure shouldn’t be. Hey, you may be the author of the instruction manual people read once...then keep forever (just in case they need it again). As a technical writer, you’ll create instruction manuals, how-to guides and anything else that might be used to explain your organization’s products or goals.
What you’ll need: A college degree is necessary and you’ll get extra credit if you studied a technical subject like computer programming or engineering.
What you’ll make: An average annual salary of $70,240
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Why: You are the gatekeeper: the last line of defense before something is published. You’ll check for typos, spelling errors, and grammar. It’s a lot of responsibility, but think of the pride you’ll have knowing you saved your company from poor word choice or spelling disasters.
What you’ll need: You’ll likely need a bachelor’s degree.
What you’ll make: $35,630
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