What can I do with my ENGLISH degree?

What can I do with my ENGLISH degree?

Employers of English Majors

  • Newspapers, Magazines, Broadcast Media
  • Script Writing
  • Trade, Professional or Consumer Publications
  • Promotional, Advertising Agencies
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Organizations or Publications with Technical Focus
  • Schools (with certification to teach)
  • Business, Industry, Retailing, Banking
  • Nonprofit Agencies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Trade Associations
  • Government
  • Public Service Agencies


Related Occupations for English Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

Administrative Assistant Mass Media Assistant
Author Media Planner
Circulation Assistant Narrator
Columnist/Commentator Novelist
Comedy Writer Playwright
Copywriter Poet
Creative Writer Proofreader
Critic, Book/Art Public Speaker
Crossword Puzzle Designer Publicity Assistant
Desktop Publisher Publisher
Documentation Specialist Publishing Assistant
Editor Reporter
Editorial Assistant Researcher/Pollster
Education & Training Specialist Scientific Writer
Freelance Writer/Consultant Script Reader
Fundraiser Speech Writer
Literary Agent Talent Agent
Magazine Writer Teacher Training Specialist
Manuscript Reader Technical Writer
Marketing Writer Video Scriptwriter


Preparing for a Job in English

  1. Select a wide variety of electives.
  2. Write for on-campus publications.
  3. Write and edit reports.
  4. Find part-time or volunteer work in campus or local library.
  5. Business courses may be helpful.
  6. Acquire computer skills, especially word processing and typing skills.
  7. Participate in school activities: debate team, literary club, student publications, government, alumni and admissions.
  8. Work at copy shop or campus print shop or bookstore.
Program Overview   Contact Information


  Department of English
    College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    On Campus: D Vickers Hall, Room 222
    Office Phone: 985-549-2100 Advisor: 985-549-3383

Links for English Majors

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