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Careers

English majors and minors possess key transferable skills valued by employers today—skills in writing and the analysis of complex materials, creative problem-solving, and the capacity to understand the diversity of the human experience. Broadly trained, our majors find careers in a wide range of fields. Professional programs—like law schools, business schools, and, increasingly, medical schools—recruit majors in English and the humanities. Teaching remains a popular field, and students in our secondary education teaching track find work in schools across the country. All four of our degree tracks prepare students for pursuing careers where written and oral communication skills are essential.


Workforce success

Graduates with a major or minor in English are attractive to employers because of their training in:

  • Critical reading and interpretation
  • Critical thinking and analytic reasoning
  • Written and oral communication
  • Research and information literacy
  • Creativity
  • Complex problem solving
  • Communication and leadership
  • Knowledge of global issues
  • Intercultural competence
  • Collaboration and teamwork


Career opportunities

Given their broad training, English graduates are attractive to employers in a range of fields:

Arts and Entertainment

author
copy writer
development director
digital media specialist
editorial assistant
editor
grant writer
museum curator
publicist
screenwriter

Business and Management

advertising copywriter
content creator
communications/public relations coordinator
digital marketing manager
marketing technologist
research analyst
social media manager
technical writer

Education

teacher
professor
school librarian/media specialist
advisor/student services coordinator
college admissions counselor
principal
higher education administrator

Government, Public Policy & Social Services

campaign organizer
communications officer
community relations specialist
intelligence analyst
lobbyist
policy analyst
program director
speechwriter

Information and Library Science

archivist
cataloger
electronic resources specialist
librarian
information technology specialist

Journalism & Publishing

copy editor
copy writer
digital strategist
editorial assistant
editor
fact checker
reporter

Law

attorney
legal analyst
legal secretary
paralegal
judge

Media, Technology & Communications

artificial intelligence designer
content creator
communications director
editor
editorial assistant
SEO analyst
social media strategist
technical writer
video game designer
web developer

Medicine, Healthcare & Social Services

community outreach coordinator
counselor
hospital administrator
medical scribe
physician
psychiatrist
social worker
veterinarian

Non-Profit Organizations

community outreach coordinator
development director
grant writer
public relations manager
program manager
social media coordinator

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