Career Opportunities for Majors in English


The study of English provides opportunities to explore the worlds of literature and culture. Coursework focuses on areas such as literary criticism; the historical periods of literature from the Medieval era through the 21st century, and other topics in English literature.

A bachelor's degree in English provides you with skills for a variety of positions in business, government, research, education, writing and publishing, as well as in the cultural, entertainment, and communications industries. English as a major is versatile and helps you develop skills useful in many career fields. Your major is only one of many variables to be considered when developing career plans.

Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Effective career decision-making is based on a thorough assessment of your skills, interests, values, and experiences. Regardless of career choices, increasing one's marketability to employers through internships, work experience, good grades, and involvement in college activities is important.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Administrative Assistant Educational Director Museum Curator
Advertising Account Executive Fact Checker Nonprofit Administrator
Author/Writer Fundraiser Production Assistant
Campaign Manager Historian Public Relations Specialist
Claims Examiner Historical Society Specialist Publicity Assistant
Communications Specialist Journalist Research Assistant
Content Creator Legislative Assistant Researcher
Copy Writer Librarian Sales Representative
Corporate Trainer Lobbyist Social Media Strategist
Critic Management Trainee Special Events Coordinator
Customer Service Representative Marketing/Sales Manager Teacher/Professor
Editor/Writer Media Analyst Volunteer Coordinator
Editorial Assistant Media Buyer

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
AuthorĀ  Foundations Media (Radio, TV)
Book/Magazine Publishers Healthcare Facilities Museums
Community Arts Centers Historic Sites/Historical Societies Newspapers/Magazines
Community service agencies Hospitality Organizations Polictical Organizations
Consumer Organizations Insurance Companies Public Relations Firms
Cultural Organizations Investment Firms Retail Stores
Educational Institutions Libraries Telecommunications Firms
Financial Institutions Market research firms Theaters
Government Agencies
Civil Rights Commission Division of Youth & Family Services National Institutes of Health
Consumer Affairs Office Legislative Affairs Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Cultural Affairs Agencies Motor Vehicle Department Small Business Administration
Department of Education National Endowment for the Humanities Travel and Tourism Dept.

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - English

Organization Job Title
Hobby Publications Asst. Editor
B. Dalton Asst. Mngr
Bloomingdales Asst. Mngr
Hudson United Bank Bank Teller
Merrill Lynch Brokers Asst.
Merrill Lynch Client Service Representative
R R Bowlar Publishing Department Coordinator
Common Boundary Magazine Editor
Bantam Doubleday Dell Editorial Asst.
Country Inns Publication Editorial Production Asst
Target Corporation Executive Team Leader
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - English

Agnew Carter McCarthy Public Relations Account Executive
Audubon High School (MA) Administrator
Leukemia Society Asst. Director of Communications
Chasemellon Shareholder Srvcs. Asst. V.P. & Communications Mngr
Editor & Publisher Magazine (MS Journalism) Associate Editor
Greenbaum Rowe Smith (JD) Attorney
Roberts Publishing Company Classified Advertising Mngr.
J&J/Ortho (MCIS) Corporate Communications Specialist
Andreoni & Associates Communications Consultant
Continental Health Affiliates Customer Service Mngr.
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Clemson University MA English
Drexel University Other Law- Child Advocacy
Harvard University PhD Education
Johns Hopkins PhD English
New York Law School Other Law
New York University PhD English
New York University PhD French Literature
Northeastern University English
Ohio State University PhD Education
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Education Graduate School of Education
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