What Can You Do With A Major In English?

English is the study of ideas, cultures, morals, and concepts throughout time. It provides the 

knowledge and appreciation of literature, along with the education and skills that can be 

applied to most careers. The study of English provides a high level of education on general

information and helps to develop vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and oral and written 

communication skills. This education offers a wide range of opportunities for a career and 

the ability to bring many valuable skills into the workplace.

 

Tracks

English   
English With a Concentration in Theater/Drama

Minors

African-American / African Diaspora Studies

American Literature

British Literature

Creative Writing

Drama

Film Studies

Liberal Arts / Interdisciplinary Studies

Literature

Venture Studies

Writing Studies

Typical Career Paths

Writing
Editing
Technical Communication
Publishing
Education
Advertising
Public Relations
Business
Law

 

Some Related Career Titles

 (To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the

 related print resources in the Career Services Library).  


 With a Bachelor's Degree 

Grant Writer 

Editor 

Marketing Director 

Publication Specialist 

Technical Writer 

 With a Master's Degree 

English Teacher

Instruct Creative Writing Departments

Corporate Administrators

Writing Center Directors

Writer for Public Relations

 

 

General Career Directions
Advertising Copywriter
Assistant Scientific Writer
Author
Book Critic
Book Editor
Circulation Assistant
Columnist
Copywriter
Creative Writer
Educator
Editor
Foreign Correspondent
Freelance Writer
Journalist
Newscaster
Novelist
Paralegal
Playwright
Poet
Proofreader
Publicist
Publisher
Reading Consultant
Reporter
Researcher
Songwriter
Speech Writer
Sports Writer


Typical Employers/Work Settings

 
Ad Agencies
Book Packages
Bookstores
Broadcast Media
College/University
Corporations
Drug/Medical Companies
Government Agencies
Hospitals
Insurance Companies
International Companies
Internet Companies
Libraries
Magazines
Market Research Firm
Museums
Musical Publishers
Newspaper
Production Companies
Professional Organization
Public Relations Firm
Public Schools
Publishing Firms
Sports Organization
Trade Association
University Presses
 

 

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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English starts at about $39,611.
 
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Skills Needed For This Career

Influencing and persuading

Presenting alternative view points

Clarifying ideas

Making oral presentations

Problem solving

Developing hypotheses

Comparing interpretations

Summarizing ideas

Thinking independently

Editing skills

Creative writing

Oral and written communication skills

 

  

Links To Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Association of Community Theatre 
American Society of Magazine Editors
Association of American Publishers
International Association of University Professors of English
Writers Guild of America

Magazine Publishers of America
Society for Technical Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
American Copy Editors Society
National Newspaper Publishers Association
Writers Guild of America
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
American Medical Writers Association
 

 

Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 
http://www.bookjobs.com/
http://www.editorjobs.com/
http://www.mediabistro.com/
http://publishingjobs.org/
http://www.writejobs.com/ 

http://www.writingjobs.org 

 

 

Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Arts in English and other related programs
University of North Florida 
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of South Florida
University of West Florida
Other resources for graduate program research
http://www.gradschools.com/ 
http://www.petersons.com/ 
http://www.princetonreview.com/  

http://mastersinenglish.org

 

 

Link To UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in English.  

 

Holland Codes 

General English: Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)
Drama Concentration: Artistic; Social; Enterprising (ASE)
 

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Create a profile on LinkedIn to expand your career network through social media
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options

 

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