What can I do with a major in English?

The primary focus of an English major is the study and appreciation of literature. A traditional liberal arts major, English has always offered its students opportunities for self-knowledge and growth as they explore the ideas of great writers of the past and the present. However, the English major is also a practical choice. Because English choices encourage critical thinking, clear writing, and effective communication, students electing this major often choose careers in teaching, law, management, journalism, library science, government service, and other fields. The English program also offers students the opportunity to prepare for graduate study.

Strategies

• Enroll in a wide variety of classes
• Write for campus publications
• Join a debating team
• Work in library or bookstore
• Obtain a job typing for writer
• Enhance computer skills
• Work for a publisher (internship or summer employment)
• Enhance knowledge of media
• Consider completing a business minor for advertising, business, PR, or publishing



Career Titles

Account Executive
Actor/Actress
Administrator
Advertising Copywriter
Advertising Worker
Analyst
Announcer (Radio/TV)
Archivist
Art Librarian
Artist
Assistant Scientific Writer
Author - Fiction/Non-Fiction
Bank Officer
Bibliographer
Biographer
Book Critic
Bookstore Manager
Business Manager
Circulation Assistant
City Manager
Columnist/Commentator
Comedy Writer
Communications Manager
Congressional Aide
Copywriter
Creative Writer
Critic
Curator
Desktop Publisher
Documentation Specialist
Editor
Editorial Assistant
Entertainment Agent
ESL Teacher
Fashion Merchandiser

Film/Video Editor,
Foreign Correspondent
Freelance Writer
Fundraiser
Greeting Card Writer
Hearing Officer
Hotel & Motel Manager
Human Resource Specialist
Human Service Practitioner
Humorist/Comedian
Information Abstractor
Information Indexer
Insurance Agent
Interpreter & Translator
Investment Counselor/Manager
Journalist, Newspaper/Magazine/Broadcast
Lawyer
Librarian
Library Technical Assistant
Linguist
Literary Loan Officer
Lobbyist
Magazine Writer
Management Trainee
Manuscript Reader
Market Research Analyst
Marketing Specialist
Marketing Writer
Media Planner
Media Specialist
Medical Records Worker
Narrator
Novelist
Paralegal
Paralegal Assistant
Personnel Manager

Playwright
Poet
Politician
Probation Officer
Program Manager
Proofreader
Property Manager
Public Administrator
Public Relations Director
Public Relations Specialist
Publicity Assistant
Publisher
Radio, TV Commentator
Radio, TV Newscaster
Reading Consultant
Reading Specialist
Receptionist
Reporter
Research Assistant
Researcher/Pollster
Retail Sales Analyst
Sales Representative
Sales Manager
Script Reader
Social Worker
Special Events Coordinator
Speech Writer
Sports Writer
Talent Agent
Teacher (all levels)
Technical Consultant
Technical Writer
Training Specialist
Translator
Underwriter
Video Scriptwriter/Writer


Professional Organizations

American Society of Magazine Editors
810 7th Avenue, 24th floor
New York, NY 10019

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
234 Outlet Pointe Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210-5667

Society for Technical Communication, Inc.
901 N. Stuart St., Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031

The Dow Jones News Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 300
Princeton, NJ 08543-0300



Web sites

Career Sites

American Copy Editors Society: mentors online; discuss journalism education, tips on training and internships, and editing
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Writers and Editors
The Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network: Careers in higher education

General Information Sites

Authorlink: Information Services for Writers, Editors, Literary Agents and Publishers
Advertising and Media Jobs Page
Creative Freelancers
Trends in Writing and Editing Make English a Marketable Degree


Journalism Sites

Investigative Reporters & Editors
TV Jobs: Broadcast Employment Services


Contact Information

 

Megan Adukaitis
Director of Career Development


Career Development Office:
Bernardine Hall, Suite 103
Phone: 610-796-8225
Fax: 610-790-1968

Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Evening hours by appointment.

Email: career.services@alvernia.edu