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 study, the historical periods of medieval, renaissance, and eighteenth through twentieth centuries, and other English literature topics.

A bachelor's degree in English provides you with skills for a variety of positions in business, government, research, education, 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 your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, work experience, good grades, and college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

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

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
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
Foundations Media (Radio, TV)
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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