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Publishing has no formal educational requirements, but most professionals have college degrees in fields such as English, literature, or journalism. Degrees that indicate specialized knowledge, such as chemistry or biology, can be useful to those who wish to go into textbook publishing or academic publishing positions. Many return to school for masters degrees in English, writing, or literature; but additional credentials are not necessary to rise in the field. Employers have a paucity of positions available for a large number of candidates, so aspiring book-publishing professionals should be persistent and willing to take anything to get a foot in the door. Editorial or publishing experience in college literary magazines, newspapers, or journals is advantageous for applicants. Those people who wish to advance in this profession should understand that work may occasionally take up all of their free time.