If you like to do any of the following, a career in English might be right for you!
Read short stories and novels
Keep a journal
Analyze poetry and literature
Do crossword puzzles or play Scrabble
Write essays, poetry, or short stories
Discuss and analyze movies
Give presentations or speeches
Studying English will develop your critical thinks and your communication skills. Many top companies hire English majors specifically for these skills!
Careers in English
Studying English, journalism, or communications will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. Here are few popular English careers.
Editor – reviews and edits someone else’s writing in order to prepare it for publication or broadcast
Editorial assistant – checks facts and statistics, does research, and helps with layouts
Public relations specialist – works to improve the public image of a company or organization
English Teacher/Professor – instructs students in the subject of English
Lawyer – advises clients on matters of the law and represents clients in lawsuits
Customer service representative – helps customers, answers question, and responds to complaints
Personal manager – hires and trains new employees, and evaluates employee performance
Writer – writes text that analyzes information, gives an opinion, presents facts, or tells a story
More Careers in English
Public relations specialist
Web content developer
If you are good with words, consider one of these writing careers.
Author – writes novels, short stories, essays, and other literary works
Columnist – writes articles that appear regularly in newspapers, magazines, or on the internet
Copywriter – puts together advertising copy to help companies and organizations sell their products and services
Editorial Writer – writes about topics of interest in order to influence public opinion
Journalist – gathers facts and information to write objective, unbiased reports for radio, newspaper, TV, and the internet (Journalists are also referred to as reporters, news writers, and news analysts.)
Screenwriter – writes scripts and screenplays for film and television
Sports Writer – writes about sporting events, sports news, and sports topics
Technical Writer – creates documents that analyze and explain technical and scientific information to less technical readers
For information on the careers in this InfoGuide, visit www.bls.gov/ooh or www.bls.gov/k12
English Fun Facts
New words are added to the dictionary every year. Here are some of the latest additions: high definition, live-stream, bit coin, frack, and cyberespionage.
Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, or purple.
These famous people were all English majors:
Steven Spielberg, filmmaker
Clarence Thomas, US Supreme Court Justice
Conan O’Brien, talk show host
John Legend, recording artist
Sally Ride, astronaut
Reese Witherspoon, actress
Michael Eisner, CEO of Walt Disney
Matt Damon, actor
Diane Sawyer, broadcast journalist
“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas wont’ get you anywhere.” ~Lee Iacocca
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