English Career Opportunities

Many English majors choose careers in writing; they may work for newspapers, magazines, publishing companies, public relations or advertising firms, non-profit organizations or corporations.   Many television and radio personalities begin their careers as English majors. English majors also are qualified for the increasing number of opening for technical writers.   Students with minors in English often have an advantage in securing positions in fields such as business.   The emphasis in an English degree on clear verbal and written expression serves students well in a variety of areas.

English majors with teacher certification usually become secondary school English teachers, but they may also choose from a wide range of other careers.

Majoring in English is excellent preparation for graduate school, especially law, journalism, library science, theology, literature, or creative writing.   English majors often continue their studies to become college or university professors, researchers, poets, dramatists, or fiction writers.