Careers for English Majors

English majors go on to a wide range of careers after graduation. Good quality writing, the ability to distil information, and critical thinking are all skills in high demand with employers.

This recent article explains “Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires.” Likewise, in this October 2013 article in Inside Higher EdEdgar Bronfman, the CEO of Seagram Corporation, says that liberal arts degrees are the best preparation even for careers in the business world. This article from The Richest website considers English the second most versatile degree.

The What Can I Do With This Major website offers a comprehensive list of job options for English majors. English is a diverse major that can serve as an excellent background for numerous opportunities. At this site, students can explore possible areas in which they may choose to work and see salaries associated with specific job titles.

The Occupational Network (O-NET) website is another good resource where students can browse career clusters by selecting an option from the drop-down box or by typing in a keyword in the search box. For example, if you search for editor you can see information such as work activities, related occupations, and wages/employment. You can even select a state and see the comparison of national high/median/low salaries to state high/median/low salaries for any given occupation.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics website, through the US Department of Labor, has a reader-friendly design and shows career options, salary information, projected growth, etc. You can click on an occupation and browse the different tabs to learn what the job entails.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducts an annual survey of salary results. View its January 2014 findings here.

Students are encouraged to avail themselves of the resources provided by UA’s Career Center.