English majors are educated to become highly effective readers, writers, and communicators. A bachelor’s degree in English may lead to the following career possibilities:

  • Writer (books, scripts, ad copy)
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Technical Writer
  • Public-relations specialist
  • High-school English teacher
  • Adult-literacy teacher
  • Speech writer

In addition, the critical-thinking and writing skills learned in a strong English undergraduate program can provide a solid foundation for additional graduate studies. An undergraduate degree in English is particularly suitable for students seeking to pursue additional graduate work in English (earning an M.A. or Ph.D.), law school, or library science.

For more information on these careers and current salaries, please consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Current salary information for one sample career (technical writer) can be found at this link: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes273042.htm