Careers for People Who Like to Read

Jan 17, 2020

There are many readers out there, people who like reading and are adept in it. The careers they're suited for not only entail reading and writing, but demand a good understanding of what is being read. These careers can take place in educational, government, advertising, and creative spheres.

Career Options for People Who Like to Read

Are you a bookworm? Jobs that require extensive reading don't have to involve just books, but journal articles, papers, scripts, drafts, and so forth. Someone who enjoys reading can find careers in a variety of fields, as you'll see in the table below.

Job Title Median Annual Salary (2018)* Projected Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Postsecondary Teachers $78,470 11%
Lawyers $120,910 6%
Historians $61,140 6%
Librarians $59,050 6%
Editors $59,480 -3% decline

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for People Who Like to Read

Postsecondary Teachers

A postsecondary teacher, commonly called a professor, teaches academic or career subjects beyond the high school level. Professors do a great deal of reading, from constructing syllabuses to grading student work to planning lessons. Full-timers may have to conduct and publish research as well. To become a postsecondary teacher, you must earn at least a master's degree or Ph.D. depending on the institution, and some schools may require additional credentials and possibly allow substitution of work experience.


A lawyer provides legal advice to a client and represents their case in court. While the duties vary by firm, all lawyers have to read, write, and present various documents, as their success often depends on how well they interpret things. Lawyers must have completed nearly seven years of postsecondary schooling, including earning a bachelor's degree and then graduating from law school, which takes another three years. They must also become licensed by passing their state's bar exam.


The majority of a historian's work consists of reading; the other portion is writing. These individuals study a multitude of historical sources by researching, analyzing, and interpreting them. A historian may work for the government, nonprofit organizations, museums, archives, or science groups. Most historian jobs require a master's or doctoral degree in a history-related field; a Ph.D. is needed for research positions in academia and government.


The duties of librarians vary by the place they work, whether in medical, public, or academic sectors. Typically, librarians do research, organize reading materials, and help people find whatever information they need. Their whole job is based on reading. A master's degree in library science is the general requirement for this career.


The role of an editor is to proofread, review, and emend written works for print and online mediums such as newspapers, magazines, publications, television programs, and websites. Editors provide improvement by offering revisions and critiques. They may also develop and plan content, depending on their role. Most commonly, one will need a bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or a similar field in conjunction with professional experience.

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