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A lifelong sports fan, James found his dream job when he landed a gig as Marketing Director for a pro sports team in Baltimore. He spends his days coming up with creative ideas to promote his team and reach more fans.
Caleb grew up reading everything he could about politics. Today, he lives in the high-energy hustle of Washington DC and works as a Lobbyist for a human rights advocacy group.
Elena started creating computer code in high school, but her real love was writing. As a Software Engineer for a San Francisco start-up, she’s found success by combining her tech skills and communication savvy.
What do they all have in common? They majored in English.
Anyone with an English degree will tell you that picking this major can lead to a lot skeptical questions: “What are you going to do after school?” or “What kind of a job can you really get with an English degree?”
But the awesome part about this major is its flexibility—you’re not confined to a specific vocational track. Instead, the skills you learn can be applied to a ton of different industries—from business, education, government, and research, to publishing, entertainment, media, and communication.
As editor and professor Verlyn Klinkenborg puts it: “English majors turn up almost anywhere, in almost any career.”
Why all the career options? It’s simple: English majors know how to communicate. And that’s a vital talent for all kinds of jobs. You write well, organize ideas in a logical way, and create strong arguments. Add razor-sharp analytical thinking, a good dose of creativity, and awesome research skills, and you’ve got the makings of a great career.
Of course, whatever path you choose to pursue, you need to supplement your classes with some real world experience. If your heart is set on publishing, try your hand at a magazine internship. If you want to be a PR superstar, volunteer your weekends at a firm. This in-the-trenches training will help you stand out from the crowd.
Ready to see where an English degree can take you? Check out this list of over 100 great career ideas for English majors >>
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Explain spoken sentences in a different language.
Fit out the stage for theater productions.
Search for ideal candidates to fill technical positions.
Help students in their personal and educational development.
Direct a company’s daily affairs as its second-in-command.
Provide legal advice or courtroom guidance to your clients.
Control the overall look of an ad, movie, or TV show.
Repair works of art so they can still be enjoyed for years to come.
Coordinate all technical aspects of a live theatrical production.
Design the look of a film set and supervise the team that creates it.
Counsel married couples and entire families on relationship issues.
Handle the legal side of buying and selling properties.
Coach patients through problems by changing the way they think.
Make the final narrative decisions on a movie by choosing the scene order.
Represent the government in other countries.
Handle the legal aspect of setting up business overseas.
Perform hands-on work on museum items, like cleaning and arranging.
Use various types of therapy to help kids with emotional or mental illness.
Provide psychological counseling to patients in a clinic setting.
Guide clients through the visa application process.
Develop ad campaigns by managing one or all areas of an ad department.
Oversee exhibits at a museum or art gallery.
Decide what methods and topics will be used to teach lessons.
Investigate events and people to tell the public what’s going on.
Provide talk therapy to help patients through their emotional challenges.
Provide leadership to middle school students, Teachers, and staff.
Create and execute an overall advertising plan for your company.
Tend to all the business and travel needs of a corporate executive.
Negotiate contracts for Singers and bands.
Help students prepare for the GED exam.
Formulate thoroughly researched marketing plans for businesses.
Serve as the Principal’s backup in managing a school.
Give verdicts on court cases.
Manage both the creative and business sides of running an art gallery.
Preserve important papers by making and organizing digital copies.
Hunt down the best candidates and lure them in with attractive offers.
Perform research to discover how best to sell a product.
Catalog and protect old films.
Purchase ad space in print and online.
Create games and other apps for smartphones.
Create plans for parks, streets, and other public infrastructure.
Cover games and keep viewers in-the-know about sports news.
Calculate income and expenses for companies or individuals.
Design, program, and update software.
Work with the media to build a good reputation for your company.
Plan and develop movie soundtracks.
Keep tabs on the performance of hedge funds.
Plan and put up exhibits for museums, galleries, and the like.
Create strategies to increase a product’s popularity.
Drive the creative and artistic vision of a film.
Help couples work out the terms of their divorce outside of a court.
Connect families with the services they need.
Manage the art collections at a museum.
Promote your company through digital media.
Design classes that encourage young people to participate in religion.
Obtain and oversee a museum’s collection.
Oversee the implementation of a company’s marketing plan.
Manage the department charged with creating movie sets.
Use the Internet to market a company.
Fit out movie sets to give the story an authentic feel.
Write new laws as a member of the Senate.
Report on scientific breakthroughs in print, the web, or TV.
Work with Admission Officers to decide who gets accepted into a school.
Monitor real estate market conditions to help sales.
Help Doctors and patients communicate across language barriers.
Supervise specific projects to help market a company.
Direct all activities in a museum’s or zoo’s collections department.
Help Litigation Lawyers win cases by handling the prep work.
Take the task of organizing an entire wedding out of the bride’s hands.
Market a products through demos and promos.
Take care of the logistics of budgets and schedules for film productions.
Study human societies and cultures.
Lead efforts to generate publicity and funding for worthy causes.
Write anything from scripts or news to blogs or books.
Help veterans apply for benefits.
Lead your organization’s creative projects from concept to completion.
Manage the business of recording music.
Create texts for websites, papers, advertisements and more.
Organize business and pleasure trips for your clients.
Oversee the design and implementation of computer software.
Organize ad campaigns for clients.
Write dialogue and directions for a motion picture.
Piece together news stories into a finished paper.
Forge profitable partnerships for your company.
Convert written information from one language into another.
Keep companies safe from negative publicity in the Internet.
Preserve gowns, tapestries, and other fabric-based museum pieces.
Build, test, and market computer software.
Beautify spaces by planting greenery and erecting garden structures.
Stock up a store with fashion items.
Make the creative calls to get the shots you want on a TV set.
Keep track of the budget for TV or film productions.
Impart your knowledge of a particular subject matter to others.
Act as the driving creative force behind a play or musical.
Trace the cultural history of human beings.
Fill your apartment complex with trustworthy renters of your choosing.
Make a website enjoyable and easy to use.
Help non-English-speaking suspects and witnesses follow court proceedings.
Guide teenagers through the challenges they face.
Find promising manuscripts for your company to publish.
Oversee secondary budget and business details for Movie or TV Producer.
Write lyrics and catchy phrases to accompany melodies.
Optimize an organization’s performance as its highest-ranking leader.
Write in-depth articles for magazines, papers, or websites.