Careers for English Majors

What can you do with your degree in English or writing?

Sample Job Titles:

Communications Specialist, Publicity Assistant, Copywriter, Public Affairs Officer, Copyeditor, Indexer, Publishing Assistant, Editorial Assistant, Research Assistant, Speechwriter, Technical Writer, Technical Editor, Content Creator, Assistant Editor, Developmental Editor, Freelance Writer, Marketing Assistant, Public Information Specialist, Web Editor, Media Specialist, Web Developer, Public Affairs Assistant, Publications Manager, Outreach Coordinator, Screenwriter, Grants Specialist, Medical Writer, Grant Proposal Writer, Community Relations Officer, Public Relations Manager

Job Titles, Descriptions, and Outlooks:
  • Occupational Employment Statistics From the U.S. Department of Labor, this site provides estimates for number of people employed and wages paid for more than 800 occupations.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook Also from the U.S. Department of Labor, the OOH describes not only job requirements, wages, and prospects, but also what people spend time doing on the job and customary working conditions. Also available in print by request at the Odum Library Reference Desk, call number READY REF HF5381.A1 O362.

Sites for Job Searching


Higher Education:

  • Inside Higher Ed Not just faculty positions: under Job Categories, look for possibilities under Administrative Jobs and Jobs Outside Higher Education.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education Again, more than faculty positions: Administrative Jobs will list advertisements for positions in student and academic affairs such as communications specialists, academic advisors, program coordinators, etc.


Nonprofit, Professional, and Academic Associations:

Resources for Information about Business and Industry

Resources about Graduate Degree Programs for English Majors

  • Comprehensive and free (to students) online directory to graduate school opportunities.
  • American Bar Association-Approved Law Schools Alphabetical and other lists of ABA-approved law schools, with links to individual schools' web pages.
  • American Library Association Resources about education for and career opportunities in information and library science.
  • Education for Public Service Careers From, information about degree programs in Public Affairs and Public Administration.
  • Law School Admission Council This nonprofit administers the LSAT and serves as a clearinghouse for law school applicants.
  • The Odum Library Reference Collection has recent print guides to graduate programs such as Peterson's Graduate and Professional Programs: An Overview 2011 (call number REF L901.P442 ), Peterson's Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 2011 (call number REF L901 .P443), and Peterson's Graduate Programs in Business, Education, Health, Information Studies, Law and Social Work 2011(call number REF L901 .P459).

Community and Economic Resources (United States)

  • U.S. Census Bureau The starting point for statistics and analysis of how people live in the United States: national, regional, state, and local information about population, income, housing, employment, business, and more.
  • American Factfinder Search for demographic information from the decennial and economic censuses and the American Community Survey.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics State Resources Links to each state's employment and labor information sites.
  • Best Places to Live From, information about and cost comparison estimates between cities throughout the United States.