What kind of careers are available for someone with a degree in English?

English is not a vocational major that prepares you for one particular job (like an accountant, for example). Instead, a degree in English provides you with a broad range of skills useful for any number of careers. Skills that make you a good job candidate include the ability to:
  • Think critically and solve problems
  • Write and speak effectively
  • Edit someone else's writing
  • Express your creativity in any number of ways (design a brochure, write a campaign letter, reorganize an office, and others)
  • Learn new information quickly
  • Work well with others
  • Develop hypotheses, research data, and interpret and summarize data
  • Organize ideas and information

With these skills, English majors have achieved success in a variety of fields, including writing, editing, publishing, teaching, public relations, technical writing, paralegal and legal, marketing, consulting, business, government, museums, libraries, and more.