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What Can I Do With a Major in English?

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Career Titles

  • Abstract Writer
  • Abstractor
  • Academic Advisor
  • Account Executive 
  • Acquisitions Editor
  • Actor/Actress
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Admissions Officer
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Advertising Director
  • Analyst
  • Archivist
  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Editor
  • Assistant Scientific Writer
  • Attorney
  • Author
  • Bank Officer
  • Bibliographer
  • Biographer
  • Book Critic
  • Book Editor
  • Bookstore Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Business Writer
  • Campaign Manager
  • Cataloguer
  • Circulation Assistant
  • City Manager
  • Claims Adjuster
  • College Administrator
  • Columnist
  • Communications Manager
  • Congressional Aide
  • Convention Organizer
  • Copy Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications Specialist
  • Correspondent
  • Creative Writer
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Customer Service
  • Dictionary Editor
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Educational Program Specialist
  • English as a Second Language Teacher
  • English Teacher
  • Fact Checker
  • Feature Writer
  • Film Editor
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Greeting Card Writer
  • Historical Society Specialist
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Humorist/Comedian
  • Indexer
  • Information Specialist
  • Insurance Agent
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Interviewer
  • Job Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lexicographer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Literacy Program Coordinator
  • Literary Agent
  • Loan Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Magazine Editor
  • Magazine Writer
  • Management Trainee
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Marketing Writer
  • Media Planner
  • Media Specialist
  • Medical Writer
  • Museum Curator
  • Narrator
  • News Writer
  • Newspaper Editor
  • Novelist
  • Office Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Politician
  • Press Representative
  • Professor
  • Proofreader
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Publicist
  • Publisher
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Reading Consultant
  • Reporter
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Representative
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Reader
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Speech Writer
  • Sports Writer
  • Talent Agent
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Television Producer
  • Textbook Editor
  • Textbook Publisher
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent
  • Underwriter
  • Video Scriptwriter/Producer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Writer

Employers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Aircraft Industry
  • Associated Press
  • Banks
  • Book Publishers
  • Bookstores
  • Broadcast Media/Radio
  • Business and Industry
  • Cable Systems
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Community Service Organizations
  • Consulting Firms
  • Consumer Organizations
  • Corporate Communications Departments
  • Cultural Organizations
  • Department of Education
  • Division of Youth and Family Services
  • Educational Institutions
  • Entertainment Firms
  • Federal Agencies
  • Financial Institutions
  • Foundations
  • Government Agencies
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Historical Societies
  • Hospitality Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Industrial Firms
  • Insurance Companies
  • Investment Firms
  • Law Firms
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Libraries
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Local, State, Federal Government
  • Magazines
  • Market Research Companies
  • Museums
  • National Endowment of Health
  • Newspapers
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Office Equipment Companies
  • Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
  • Political Organizations
  • Professional Associations
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Houses
  • Research Organizations
  • Retail Stores
  • Sports Organizations
  • Telecommunications Firms
  • Television Stations
  • Theaters
  • Trade Associations
  • Travel Agencies
  • Travel and Tourism Department

Skills 
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain research results
  • Ability to interpret documents
  • Ability to make keen observations and appropriate decisions
  • Ability to persuade others through the use of the written and spoken word.
  • Ability to read analytically
  • Able to organize written work
  • Accuracy, coherence, and clarity in writing
  • Adapt ideas
  • Adept at being detail oriented
  • Analyze complex ideas
  • Argue logically
  • Capability to express oneself creatively
  • Capacity to work well under pressure
  • Clarifying ideas
  • Compare interpretations
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Creative writing
  • Critical eye for the written and spoken word
  • Developing hypotheses
  • Editing, proofreading, and grammar skills
  • Evaluate and integrate information
  • Gather information
  • Generate new ideas
  • Influence and persuade
  • Interpret language
  • Makes critical observations and appropriate decisions
  • Presenting alternative view points
  • Problem solving
  • Sensitive to the nuances of language
  • Simplify jargon
  • Summarize ideas
  • Superior presentation skills
  • Think independently
  • Write to different audiences

Salary Information   

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Summer 2018 Average Starting Salary:
  • English Language & Literature Bachelors Degree: $38,241

Average Salary of SNC English Graduate:

  • 2017: $30,001 - $40,000 
  • 2016: $25,001 - $35,000
  • 2015: $30,001 - $40,000 

For additional salary information, please visit salary.com.

Graduate Data   

To view the job titles, employers, graduate schools and graduate programs reported by our most recent alums in the annual St. Norbert College Career & Professional Development graduate follow-up survey, download the English Graduate Survey Data Handout (PDF).

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