What Can You Do with an English Degree?
When you major in English, your career prospects aren’t just limited to teaching it to others or being an author.
Just ask former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Avon CEO Andrea Jung, journalist Bob Woodward, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner or Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—all of them majored in English in college.
View our new, comprehensive list (with salaries) of the Top 40 Career Paths You Can Pursue with an English Degree
Consider these five other possible career paths to take after earning your English degree:
Writing and editing are the cornerstone of an editor’s job. Magazine or other periodical editors plan editorial content for upcoming issues and digital platforms of publications, as well as manage the work of freelance writers they hire. Book editors work with authors to ensure a book’s content flows properly, has error-free grammar and has a consistent editorial style.
2. Communications specialist
Communications specialists work for a variety of companies, from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations to universities. These individuals may do anything from writing press releases, speeches, internal memos or newsletters to writing and editing company newsletters, writing advertising or marketing brochure copy and managing social media communications.
3. Social media manager
An increasing number of companies are making managing social media a full-time job. And with the explosion of new social media platforms and constantly changing existing platforms, a social media manager has to keep up on technology and determine how to best engage customers or stakeholders for all types of businesses and organizations.
4. Technical writer
Companies—especially in the science, medicine and engineering industries—need writers to create manuals and instruction booklets for their products. The material technical writers work on is typically complex, and needs to be distilled into language and terms the target audience easily can understand.
While you won’t be able to practice law with just a bachelor’s degree in English, an English degree could provide a solid foundation if you choose to pursue graduate education to become a lawyer.
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No matter what career path interests you, you can earn your degree through a traditional on-campus program, or through an entirely online degree program from accredited universities across the nation, such as Regent University, Ashford University, and Ohio Christian University.