A lifelong sports fan, James found his dream job when he landed a gig as Marketing Director for a pro sports team in Baltimore. He spends his days coming up with creative ideas to promote his team and reach more fans.
Caleb grew up reading everything he could about politics. Today, he lives in the high-energy hustle of Washington DC and works as a Lobbyist for a human rights advocacy group.
Elena started creating computer code in high school, but her real love was writing. As a Software Engineer for a San Francisco start-up, she’s found success by combining her tech skills and communication savvy.
What do they all have in common? They majored in English.
Anyone with an English degree will tell you that picking this major can lead to a lot skeptical questions: “What are you going to do after school?” or “What kind of a job can you really get with an English degree?”
But the awesome part about this major is its flexibility—you’re not confined to a specific vocational track. Instead, the skills you learn can be applied to a ton of different industries—from business, education, government, and research, to publishing, entertainment, media, and communication.
As editor and professor Verlyn Klinkenborg puts it: “English majors turn up almost anywhere, in almost any career.”
Why all the career options? It’s simple: English majors know how to communicate. And that’s a vital talent for all kinds of jobs. You write well, organize ideas in a logical way, and create strong arguments. Add razor-sharp analytical thinking, a good dose of creativity, and awesome research skills, and you’ve got the makings of a great career.
Of course, whatever path you choose to pursue, you need to supplement your classes with some real world experience. If your heart is set on publishing, try your hand at a magazine internship. If you want to be a PR superstar, volunteer your weekends at a firm. This in-the-trenches training will help you stand out from the crowd.
Ready to see where an English degree can take you? Check out this list of over 100 great career ideas for English majors >>
Careers You May Like
Design classes that encourage young people to participate in religion.
Write new laws as a member of the Senate.
Trace the cultural history of human beings.
Help Litigation Lawyers win cases by handling the prep work.
Hunt down the best candidates and lure them in with attractive offers.
Take care of the logistics of budgets and schedules for film productions.
Investigate events and people to tell the public what's going on.
Counsel married couples and entire families on relationship issues.
Keep tabs on the performance of hedge funds.
Oversee the implementation of a company's marketing plan.
Build a good name for a company.
Oversee exhibits at a museum or art gallery.
Guide clients through the visa application process.
Fit out movie sets to give the story an authentic feel.
Design, program, and update software.
Help non-English-speaking suspects and witnesses follow court proceedings.
Drive the creative and artistic vision of a film.
Fill your apartment complex with trustworthy renters of your choosing.
Preserve gowns, tapestries, and other fabric-based museum pieces.
Perform hands-on work on museum items, like cleaning and arranging.
Market a products through demos and promos.
Work with admissions officers to decide who gets accepted into a school.
Explain spoken sentences in a different language.
Create and execute an overall advertising plan for your company.
Decide what methods and topics will be used to teach lessons.
Convert written information from one language into another.
Manage both the creative and business sides of running an art gallery.
Generate media publicity for a university's athletic teams.
Formulate thoroughly researched marketing plans for businesses.
Build the programming behind websites.
Support Lawyers by doing research and paperwork on their cases.
Write anything from scripts or news to blogs or books.
Calculate income and expenses for companies or individuals.
Design the look of a film set and supervise the team that creates it.
Make the creative calls to get the shots you want on a TV set.
Help Doctors and patients communicate across language barriers.
Optimize an organization's performance as its highest-ranking leader.
Use the Internet to market a company.
Cover games and keep viewers in-the-know about sports news.
Provide psychological counseling to patients in a clinic setting.
Write dialogue and directions for a motion picture.
Provide legal advice or courtroom guidance to your clients.
Oversee secondary budget and business details for Movie or TV Producer.
Keep track of the budget for TV or film productions.
Report on scientific breakthroughs in print, the web, or TV.
Fit out the stage for theater productions.
Catalog and protect old films.
Manage the art collections at a museum.
Direct all activities in a museum's or zoo's collections department.
Study human societies and cultures.
Forge profitable partnerships for your company.
Serve as the Principal's backup in managing a school.
Handle the legal aspect of setting up business overseas.
Preserve important papers by making and organizing digital copies.
Create parks and gardens as a licensed professional.
Manage the business of recording music.
Provide talk therapy to help patients through their emotional challenges.
Create texts for websites, papers, advertisements and more.
Help students in their personal and educational development.
Purchase ad space in print and online.
Promote your company through digital media.
Keep companies safe from negative publicity in the Internet.
Oversee the design and implementation of computer software.
Help students prepare for the GED exam.
Coordinate all technical aspects of a live theatrical production.
Help veterans apply for benefits.
Perform research to discover how best to sell a product.
Control the overall look of an ad, movie, or TV show.
Beautify spaces by planting greenery and erecting garden structures.
Lead your organization's creative projects from concept to completion.
Help couples work out the terms of their divorce outside of a court.
Represent the government in other countries.
Provide leadership to middle school students, Teachers, and staff.
Impart your knowledge of a particular subject matter to others.
Work with the media to build a good reputation for your company.
Negotiate contracts for Singers and bands.
Manage the department charged with creating movie sets.
Give verdicts on court cases.
Make the final narrative decisions on a movie by choosing the scene order.
Repair works of art so they can still be enjoyed for years to come.
Build, test, and market computer software.
Connect families with the services they need.
Use various types of therapy to help kids with emotional or mental illness.
Plan and develop movie soundtracks.
Help clients make travel plans and reservations.
Tend to all the business and travel needs of a corporate executive.
Develop ad campaigns by managing one or all areas of an ad department.
Coach patients through problems by changing the way they think.
Take the task of organizing an entire wedding out of the bride's hands.
Plan and put up exhibits for museums, galleries, and the like.
Lead efforts to generate publicity and funding for worthy causes.
Monitor real estate market conditions to help sales.
Write lyrics and catchy phrases to accompany melodies.
Make a website enjoyable and easy to use.
Make public statements on behalf of your company.
Create strategies to increase a product's popularity.
Search for ideal candidates to fill technical positions.
Create games and other apps for smartphones.
Handle the legal side of buying and selling properties.
Create plans for parks, streets, and other public infrastructure.
Piece together news stories into a finished paper.