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

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
$152,100 Senior Technical Writer $107,135 Director of Development $112,400 Communication Editorial
$129,970 Learning & Development
Six months out of graduation

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


Social Media

Written/Oral Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021