Career Opportunities

Now that you've chosen English as your major, you must clarify career goals and objectives in order to identify a specific area of interest. This can be achieved by becoming familiar with work setting and job descriptions, talking to alumni about your career goals, and attending career/job fairs. As specific areas of interest are identified, you should obtain an internship, part-time and summer employment, or volunteer to gain practical experience.

 

For advice from an alum about finding a career path as an English major outside of academia, check out the videos below:

 

Internships
Internships offer you a sneak preview of what it's like in the real world of employment. You get a chance to see what it takes to succeed in your chosen field and make important contacts that can result in permanent employment. Even if the internship doesn't work out it may produce a new interest or take you in a different career direction. It is also important that you familiarize yourself with a company when applying for an internship or job. Good job candidates are knowledgeable about the company's products or services, number of employees, competitors, and locations.

Career Services
For additional career related information, assistance in choosing a career, and a comprehensive list of internship possibilities, visit University Career Services. You can make an appointment with Laura Lane, Assistant Director and career advisor for English Majors, or see a career advisor during walk-ins Monday-Friday, 10:30am-3:30pm. Let UCS help you chart your path.

Career Paths
Career opportunities are abundant to an individual with a degree in English because skills gained from this area of study can be easily applied to many career areas. Individuals possessing the ability to think clearly and critically, to analyze and interpret data, and communicate results are in great demand by employers. The list below offers a few examples of career opportunities for English majors.

  • Account Executive
  • Actor/actress
  • Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Advertising/Sales Representative
  • Announcer
  • Application Developer
  • Archivist
  • Area Coordinator
  • Attorney
  • Author
  • Bank Officer
  • Book Publisher
  • Bookstore manager
  • Broadcast Advertising Manager
  • Broadcaster
  • Business Operations Planner
  • Buyer
  • Career Counselor
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Child Care Specialist/Teacher
  • Columnist
  • Commodities Trader
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Communications Director
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Computer Manager/Consultant
  • Confidential Executive
  • Consultant
  • Coordinator
  • Copywriter
  • Correspondent
  • Counselor
  • Court Reporter
  • Creative Director
  • Creative Writer
  • Critic
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Design Specialist
  • Development Associate/Social Worker
  • Director of Public Relations
  • Dramatist
  • Editor
  • Educational Researcher
  • Educator
  • Electronic Publishing Specialist
  • Entertainment Agent
  • Environmental Planner
  • Executive Search Consultant
  • Filmmaker
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Foreign Service
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Service
  • Head of Advertising/Asst. Vice President
  • History
  • Human Resources
  • Humorist
  • Information Officer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Interior Designer
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Interviewer
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Loan Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Manager
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Market Editor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Director
  • Mass Media Assistant
  • Media specialist
  • Musician/Composer
  • Narrator
  • News Reporter
  • Operations Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Patient Financial Coordinator
  • Personnel Manager
  • Philosopher
  • Politician
  • Press secretary
  • Production Assistant
  • Professor
  • Project Manager/City Planner
  • Proofreader
  • Psychologist
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Service
  • Publications Manager
  • Publishiner
  • Quality Assurance Assistant Manager
  • Reading Consultant
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Regional Planner
  • Reporter
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Senior Staff Writer
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Social Worker
  • Special Agent
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Special Projects Director
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Staff Photographer
  • State Representative
  • Stockbroker
  • Store Manager/Regional Manager
  • Telecommunications Systems Consultant
  • Television Producer/Performer
  • Text Specialist Engineer
  • Traffic Manager