English

Jumpstart your career with an English degree

The possibilities for English majors are vast--ranging from careers in law, publishing, public relations, and teaching, to marketing and sales, copywriting, social media marketing, grant writing, and many more. A degree in English can prepare you to excel in virtually any kind of private sector business; federal, state, or local government; non-profit organizations; or even to start your own business. Here are some key national statistics for careers for English majors from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and PayScale.

Starting Salary
$38,597-$52,010

Average Starting Salaries for English Majors (NACE)

Noteworthy Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries for English Majors (PayScale)

Proposal Manager $87,700 Librarian & Media Specialist $61,259 Digital Content Strategy
Director
$152,100 Senior Technical Writer $107,135 Director of Development $112,400 Communication Editorial
Manager
$129,970 Learning & Development
Specialist
$64,901
Six months out of graduation
74%

Alumni in humanities and social sciences employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

With its emphasis on close reading and writing skills and its training in critical thinking—skills that are crucial in today’s high-tech global economy—an English degree will help you acquire the tools to flourish in a wide variety of career paths in the private and public sectors, and will give you career flexibility in a constantly changing world. Students also benefit from departmental opportunities including student-run poetry and fiction-readings, guest speakers, and a writer’s conference every spring.

What You'll Learn

In the English programs, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Written and verbal analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Knowledge of diverse issues relevant to society

Key Career Skills
for English Majors

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Creative Writing

Critical Thinking

Digital Fluency

Editing & Proofreading

Research

Social Media

Written/Oral Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021