How You Can Make A Career Out Of Being A Bookworm: 11 Bookish Jobs For After College

Did you know you can make money or even a career out of being bookish? Here are 11 jobs any book-lover should check out!

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There are tons of occupations out there, but have you ever realized how many jobs are fit for a bookworm? Whether you’re searching for a college major, you just graduated university, or you want a change of career, here are some bookish options to consider!

1. Librarian

If being surrounded by books is your dream, becoming a librarian might be your perfect career. Organizing books, giving out recommendations, and making book-related crafts and activities are just some of the common tasks a librarian carries out. Although you may have to obtain a master’s degree, this is a long-term goal many bookworms would absolutely love to achieve.

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2. Editor

Do you spot every typo you come across (and inevitably sigh)? Then becoming an editor might be right up your alley. There are many paths to becoming an editor.  If book editing sounds like a big job, you could consider newspaper or magazine editing!

3. Literary Agent

If you love to read and want to help an upcoming author’s dreams come true, look into becoming a literary agent! Literary agents read manuscripts, spot trends, and represent authors during the publishing process. If you’re the type that gets maybe a bit too passionate about your favorite books, you would be perfect for this job. Providing feedback to writers and maintaining professional relationships are some more of the job aspects. Does this sound like a dream? Here are some tips for obtaining this job: start with an internship, build connections, learn to negotiate, and understand the publishing world. 

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4. Paid Reviewer

This one is a bit more of a side hobby that could get you a good chunk of cash, but if you adore reading it’s definitely something to look into. Some publishers will pay freelance book reviewers per review. Reviewers often get to be very opinionated, which is not always allowed within a typical writing gig. If you find yourself ranting about each book you read, why not get paid for it? 

5. Book Cover Designer

If you’re a book-lover, you probably spend a lot of time staring at book covers. Have you ever thought about designing a book cover of your own? With graphic design skills, an eye for design trends, a bit of networking, and a passion for books, a career in book cover designing could be a dream come true. As an extra plus, designers often get to read new books in advance to get a feel for what the cover should look like.

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6. Author

You might be rolling your eyes at the obvious, but hear me out. If you love to read, there’s a good chance you have gained some good writing skills and story ideas along the way. There’s no doubt that becoming an author is tough, but it can be well worth it. If the publishing world seems a bit intimidating, remember that self-publishing is also another good option. Here are some tips for making your author dreams a reality: create a writing outline and schedule, never stop editing, observe others and make your prose feel realistic, be open to criticism, and learn how to market yourself. It may seem daunting, but we want to hear—or rather read—your stories!

7. Audiobook Narrator

Narrating an audiobook is literally being paid to read aloud…sort of. Of course, there are plenty of other factors such as acting, perfecting pronunciation, and learning different dialects. If this sounds like something for you, I encourage you to give it a try! While the audiobook industry might be hard to break into, networking and practicing can get you a long way. Plus, there are a bunch of websites that can help you find narrating gigs, such as ACX.com and Voices.com.

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8. Literary Museum Curator

Curators collect, interpret, and maintain objects of importance for museums, libraries, or private collections. This profession does typically require a bit of higher education. How can this be bookish? Well, there are tons of art, writing, and even pop-culture-focused museums and galleries—and they all use curators.

9. Become A Bookish Influencer

A bookish influencer, social media star, internet personality: whatever you want to call it, there’s no doubt that starting a social media-based career is a real option these days. Of course, there are tons of ways to make money as an influencer. Bookstagrammers, BookTokers, BookTubers, and Book-podcasters all typically make money in ways outside of their main platforms. These income streams often come from sponsored content, ad revenue, platforms such as Patreon, etc. Making money from the internet can be a bit of a gamble, but you never know what could happen unless you try.  

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10. Publishing Publicity Assistant

Another job position in the publishing world is a publicity assistant. This role has many various tasks which may include engaging readers, writing press releases, planning events, and managing social media accounts. Publicity assistants often work as part of a larger team to make sure that marketing campaigns run smoothly. Getting this position often requires working your way up in a company and being very organized. 

11. Literary Teacher/Professor

I really hate the phrase: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” What’s wrong with wanting to spread your love and knowledge of literature, poetry, creative writing, etc.? By becoming a literary educator you can further study bookish topics and help other people fall in love with these topics. 

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