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100 Careers for English Majors: They Do Exist (Really!)

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 >>

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Calculate income and expenses for companies or individuals.

Advertising Director

Create and execute an overall advertising plan for your company.

Advertising Manager

Develop ad campaigns by managing one or all areas of an ad department.


Represent the government in other countries.


Study human societies and cultures.

Apartment Leasing Agent

Fill your apartment complex with trustworthy renters of your choosing.

Art Conservator

Repair works of art so they can still be enjoyed for years to come.

Art Director

Control the overall look of an ad, movie, or TV show.

Art Museum Curator

Manage the art collections at a museum.

Assistant Principal

Serve as the Principal’s backup in managing a school.

Associate Producer

Oversee secondary budget and business details for Movie or TV Producer.

Brand Ambassador

Market a products through demos and promos.

Brand Manager

Create strategies to increase a product’s popularity.

Business Development Director

Forge profitable partnerships for your company.


Optimize an organization’s performance as its highest-ranking leader.

Child Psychologist

Use various types of therapy to help kids with emotional or mental illness.

Clinical Psychologist

Provide psychological counseling to patients in a clinic setting.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist

Coach patients through problems by changing the way they think.

Collections Manager

Direct all activities in a museum’s or zoo’s collections department.


Create texts for websites, papers, advertisements and more.

Counseling Psychologist

Provide talk therapy to help patients through their emotional challenges.

Court Interpreter

Help non-English-speaking suspects and witnesses follow court proceedings.

Creative Director

Lead your organization’s creative projects from concept to completion.

Cultural Anthropologist

Trace the cultural history of human beings.


Oversee exhibits at a museum or art gallery.

Curriculum Developer

Decide what methods and topics will be used to teach lessons.

Digital Archivist

Preserve important papers by making and organizing digital copies.

Digital Strategist

Promote your company through digital media.

Director of Admissions

Work with admissions officers to decide who gets accepted into a school.

Divorce Mediator

Help couples work out the terms of their divorce outside of a court.

Executive Assistant

Tend to all the business and travel needs of a corporate executive.

Exhibit Designer

Plan and put up exhibits for museums, galleries, and the like.

Family Support Worker

Connect families with the services they need.

Fashion Retail Merchandiser

Stock up a store with fashion items.

Film Archivist

Catalog and protect old films.

Film Art Director

Manage the department charged with creating movie sets.

Film Director

Drive the creative and artistic vision of a film.

Film Editor

Make the final narrative decisions on a movie by choosing the scene order.

Gallery Director

Manage both the creative and business sides of running an art gallery.

GED Instructor

Help students prepare for the GED exam.


Hunt down the best candidates and lure them in with attractive offers.

Hedge Fund Accountant

Keep tabs on the performance of hedge funds.

Immigration Lawyer

Guide clients through the visa application process.


Impart your knowledge of a particular subject matter to others.

International Lawyer

Handle the legal aspect of setting up business overseas.

Internet Reputation Manager

Keep companies safe from negative publicity in the Internet.


Explain spoken sentences in a different language.


Investigate events and people to tell the public what’s going on.


Give verdicts on court cases.

Landscape Architect

Create parks and gardens as a licensed professional.

Landscape Designer

Beautify spaces by planting greenery and erecting garden structures.


Provide legal advice or courtroom guidance to your clients.

Line Producer

Keep track of the budget for TV or film productions.

Litigation Paralegal

Help Litigation Lawyers win cases by handling the prep work.


Write lyrics and catchy phrases to accompany melodies.

Marketing Consultant

Formulate thoroughly researched marketing plans for businesses.

Marketing Manager

Oversee the implementation of a company’s marketing plan.

Marketing Project Manager

Supervise specific projects to help market a company.

Marketing Strategist

Perform research to discover how best to sell a product.

Marriage and Family Therapist

Counsel married couples and entire families on relationship issues.

Media Buyer

Purchase ad space in print and online.

Medical Interpreter

Help Doctors and patients communicate across language barriers.

Middle School Principal

Provide leadership to middle school students, Teachers, and staff.

Mobile Application Developer

Create games and other apps for smartphones.

Museum Curator

Obtain and oversee a museum’s collection.

Museum Technician

Perform hands-on work on museum items, like cleaning and arranging.

Music Editor

Plan and develop movie soundtracks.

Music Executive

Manage the business of recording music.

Music Lawyer

Negotiate contracts for Singers and bands.

New Media Specialist

Use the Internet to market a company.

Newspaper Editor

Piece together news stories into a finished paper.

Nonprofit Program Director

Lead efforts to generate publicity and funding for worthy causes.


Support Lawyers by doing research and paperwork on their cases.

Production Designer

Design the look of a film set and supervise the team that creates it.

Public Relations Manager

Work with the media to build a good reputation for your company.

Public Relations Specialist

Build a good name for a company.

Real Estate Analyst

Monitor real estate market conditions to help sales.

Real Estate Lawyer

Handle the legal side of buying and selling properties.

School Counselor

Help students in their personal and educational development.

Science Journalist

Report on scientific breakthroughs in print, the web, or TV.


Write dialogue and directions for a motion picture.


Write new laws as a member of the Senate.

Set Decorator

Fit out movie sets to give the story an authentic feel.

Set Designer

Fit out the stage for theater productions.

Software Architect

Oversee the design and implementation of computer software.

Software Developer

Build, test, and market computer software.

Software Engineer

Design, program, and update software.


Make public statements on behalf of your company.

Sports Information Director

Generate media publicity for a university’s athletic teams.

Sports Reporter

Cover games and keep viewers in-the-know about sports news.

Stage Manager

Coordinate all technical aspects of a live theatrical production.

Technical Recruiter

Search for ideal candidates to fill technical positions.

Television Director

Make the creative calls to get the shots you want on a TV set.

Textile Conservator

Preserve gowns, tapestries, and other fabric-based museum pieces.


Convert written information from one language into another.

Travel Agent

Help clients make travel plans and reservations.

Unit Production Manager

Take care of the logistics of budgets and schedules for film productions.

Urban Designer

Create plans for parks, streets, and other public infrastructure.

User Experience Designer

Make a website enjoyable and easy to use.

Veterans Service Officer

Help veterans apply for benefits.

Web Developer

Build the programming behind websites.

Wedding Planner

Take the task of organizing an entire wedding out of the bride’s hands.


Write anything from scripts or news to blogs or books.

Youth Ministry Director

Design classes that encourage young people to participate in religion.