A lifelong sports fan, James found his dream job when he landed a gig asfor 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
Calculate income and expenses for companies or individuals.
Create and execute an overall advertising plan for your company.
Develop ad campaigns by managing one or all areas of an ad department.
Represent the government in other countries.
Study human societies and cultures.
Fill your apartment complex with trustworthy renters of your choosing.
Repair works of art so they can still be enjoyed for years to come.
Control the overall look of an ad, movie, or TV show.
Manage the art collections at a museum.
Serve as the Principal’s backup in managing a school.
Oversee secondary budget and business details for Movie or TV Producer.
Market a products through demos and promos.
Create strategies to increase a product’s popularity.
Forge profitable partnerships for your company.
Optimize an organization’s performance as its highest-ranking leader.
Use various types of therapy to help kids with emotional or mental illness.
Provide psychological counseling to patients in a clinic setting.
Coach patients through problems by changing the way they think.
Direct all activities in a museum’s or zoo’s collections department.
Create texts for websites, papers, advertisements and more.
Provide talk therapy to help patients through their emotional challenges.
Help non-English-speaking suspects and witnesses follow court proceedings.
Lead your organization’s creative projects from concept to completion.
Trace the cultural history of human beings.
Oversee exhibits at a museum or art gallery.
Decide what methods and topics will be used to teach lessons.
Preserve important papers by making and organizing digital copies.
Promote your company through digital media.
Work with admissions officers to decide who gets accepted into a school.
Help couples work out the terms of their divorce outside of a court.
Tend to all the business and travel needs of a corporate executive.
Plan and put up exhibits for museums, galleries, and the like.
Connect families with the services they need.
Stock up a store with fashion items.
Catalog and protect old films.
Manage the department charged with creating movie sets.
Drive the creative and artistic vision of a film.
Make the final narrative decisions on a movie by choosing the scene order.
Manage both the creative and business sides of running an art gallery.
Help students prepare for the GED exam.
Hunt down the best candidates and lure them in with attractive offers.
Keep tabs on the performance of hedge funds.
Guide clients through the visa application process.
Impart your knowledge of a particular subject matter to others.
Handle the legal aspect of setting up business overseas.
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.
Create parks and gardens as a licensed professional.
Beautify spaces by planting greenery and erecting garden structures.
Provide legal advice or courtroom guidance to your clients.
Keep track of the budget for TV or film productions.
Help Litigation Lawyers win cases by handling the prep work.
Write lyrics and catchy phrases to accompany melodies.
Formulate thoroughly researched marketing plans for businesses.
Oversee the implementation of a company’s marketing plan.
Supervise specific projects to help market a company.
Perform research to discover how best to sell a product.
Counsel married couples and entire families on relationship issues.
Purchase ad space in print and online.
Help Doctors and patients communicate across language barriers.
Provide leadership to middle school students, Teachers, and staff.
Create games and other apps for smartphones.
Obtain and oversee a museum’s collection.
Perform hands-on work on museum items, like cleaning and arranging.
Plan and develop movie soundtracks.
Manage the business of recording music.
Negotiate contracts for Singers and bands.
Use the Internet to market a company.
Piece together news stories into a finished paper.
Lead efforts to generate publicity and funding for worthy causes.
Support Lawyers by doing research and paperwork on their cases.
Design the look of a film set and supervise the team that creates it.
Work with the media to build a good reputation for your company.
Build a good name for a company.
Monitor real estate market conditions to help sales.
Handle the legal side of buying and selling properties.
Help students in their personal and educational development.
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.
Fit out movie sets to give the story an authentic feel.
Fit out the stage for theater productions.
Oversee the design and implementation of computer software.
Build, test, and market computer software.
Design, program, and update software.
Make public statements on behalf of your company.
Generate media publicity for a university’s athletic teams.
Cover games and keep viewers in-the-know about sports news.
Coordinate all technical aspects of a live theatrical production.
Search for ideal candidates to fill technical positions.
Make the creative calls to get the shots you want on a TV set.
Preserve gowns, tapestries, and other fabric-based museum pieces.
Convert written information from one language into another.
Help clients make travel plans and reservations.
Take care of the logistics of budgets and schedules for film productions.
Create plans for parks, streets, and other public infrastructure.
Make a website enjoyable and easy to use.
Help veterans apply for benefits.
Build the programming behind websites.
Take the task of organizing an entire wedding out of the bride’s hands.
Write anything from scripts or news to blogs or books.
Design classes that encourage young people to participate in religion.