Career Opportunities for Majors in English

What can English majors do? English as a major helps students develop versatile skills useful in many career fields. Obvious choices for students after earning an English degree are teaching, graduate school, or writing, but English majors excel in many areas.

The kinds of text analysis, writing, and thinking English majors specialize in enhance their creativity, their understanding of human motivation, and their ability to present clear and logical arguments. Because English majors have learned how to write, analyze material, communicate effectively, and successfully solve problems, they work in creative and technical writing, editing, financial services, government work, marketing, medicine, non-profit organizations, program management, public relations, publishing, reporting, research, social work and as well as in the cultural, entertainment, and communications industries.

Related Occupations
 
Administrative Assistant
Advertising Account Executive
Campaign Manager
Claims Examiner
Communications Specialist
Community Relations Specialist
Copy Writer
Corporate Trainer
Critic
Customer Service Representative
Editor/Writer
Editorial Assistant
Education Director
Fact Checker
Fundraiser
Historical Society Specialist
Journalist
Legislative Assistant
Librarian
Lobbyist
Management Trainee
Marketing/Sales Manager
Media Analyst
Media Buyer
Museum Curator
Nonprofit Administrator Personnel Trainee
Production Assistant
Public Relations Specialist Publicity Assistant
Research Assistant
Researcher
Sales Representative
Special Events Coordinator
Teacher
Volunteer Coordinator
Types of Employers
 
Advertising Agencies
Book & Magazine Publishers
Civil Rights Commission
Community Arts Centers
Community Service Organizations
Consumer Affairs Office
Consumer Organizations
Cultural Affairs
Cultural Organizations
Department of Education
Division of Youth & Family Services
Educational Institutions
Financial Institutions
Foundations
Healthcare Facilities
Historical Societies
Hospitality Organizations
Insurance Companies
Investment Firms
Legislative Affairs
Libraries
Market Research Companies
Media (Radio, TV)
Motor Vehicle Department
Museums
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Institutes of Health
Newspapers/Magazines
Peace Corp/AmeriCorps
Political Organizations
Public Relations Firms
Research Organizations
Retail Stores
Small Business Administration
Telecommunications Firms
Theaters
Travel and Tourism Department
 

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