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English Major Career Planning Options

  • English
  • English Education (see also Education Major)

The study of English involves broad exposure to all aspects of English and an examination over time of a culture that has spoken and written in English. Rivier English majors learn to read, write and appreciate literature in its many forms. Schooled in the critical analysis of ideas, English majors study the ideas of people and how those ideas have been conveyed. These majors develop an appreciation of the importance of proof reading, editing, clarification of meaning and how to make the best impression and impact. A classic of liberal arts education, English majors gain solid effective communications skills that are key in all lines of work. Visit Rivier's English and Communications Department for information on degrees and course offerings.

English Major Skills

General Abilities
Able to generate creative ideas
Good concentration abilities
Proficient in oral communication
Able to organize ideas, materials and people
Good clarifying and questioning skills

Writing Abilities
Concise writing and editing
Command of grammar/vocabulary

Reading Abilities
Critical interpretation
Analytical thinking
Investigative skills  

*English Education majors should also develop skills involving creativity, planning and the ability to adapt teaching methods and modalities to the various learning styles of students.

Career Paths for English Majors

Careers for new English graduates are diverse and dependent upon one's interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field. English majors work in a vast number of environments such as writing, editing and publishing, teaching, communications, business administration and management, law, government, library science, non-profit settings and the entertainment industry among many more. English majors are encouraged to combine their liberal arts studies with experience and coursework related to specialized areas of interest. For example, those with an interest in advertising can round out their studies with hands on entry level advertising experience and related courses. In addition, job market trends reveal that education and training in the use of computer technology greatly enhances employment prospects.

English graduates may work as . . .(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a Bachelor's degree.)


Account Director   Event Coordinator  
Advertising Director   Investor Relations Director 
Associate Media Director  Junior Buyer  
Broadcast Supervisor   Media Planner
Community Affairs Director  Production Assistant  
Copywriter   Press Secretary


Account Representative   Market Research Analyst  
Communications Assistant   Membership Coordinator  
Consultant   Outreach Worker
Fundraising Coordinator  Personnel Officer
Grant Writer  Program Manager
Insurance Underwriter   Project Director
Legislative Assistant  Speech Writer
Marketing Manager    


Assignment Editor  News Editor/Writer 
Bureau Reporter   Novelist/Playwright/Poet
Columnist   Program Proposals Coordinator
Copy Editor/Writer   Radio Production Assistant
Critic   Reporter (TV/Newspaper)
Editorial Assistant   Researcher
Electronic Publishing Assistant   Sports Writer
Freelance Reporter   Syndicated Columnist
Journalist   Technical Writer


Admissions Representative  Professor  
Bilingual Teacher Public Information Specialist 
International School Teacher Special Education Teacher
Librarian  Teacher, Secondary 

 English graduates may work at . . .  

Bookstores  Book Publisher 
Radio & TV Stations  Strategies Publishing
Film Companies  Magazines 
Public & Private Schools  Newspapers
Public Relations Firms  Trade & Technical Journals 
Research Institutions  Public Libraries 
Colleges & Universities  Sports Organizations 
Non-profit Organizations  Business & Industry 
Telecommunications Firms  Political/Legal Offices 



Ways to Increase Employability
The following suggestions will enhance your leadership skills and workplace qualifications, while promoting networking relationships with fellow professionals:

  • Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one's professional field of interest.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job or internship positions.

Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in English

  • Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & English/
    Communications Department Resources
  • Professionals Working in the Field
  • Professional Organizations
  • Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources

Rivier University's Career Development Center Resources
Effective career decision-making evolves through a process of gathering accurate self-knowledge and significant information about the major or career being explored. The Rivier University Career Development Center offers individual career counseling and career resources regarding self-assessment, career exploration, gaining practical experience, and job searching skills. For more information, contact us at 897-8246. The following is a partial list of career resources, available in our office, which may be of interest to English Majors:

  • Great Jobs for Communications Majors
  • Great Jobs for English Majors
  • Careers for Bookworms and Other Literary Types
  • 100 Best Careers: Writers and Artists
  • 100 Jobs in Words
  • Careers for Persuasive Types & Others Who Won't Take No for an Answer
  • Great Jobs for English Majors
  • Peterson's Graduate Programs in Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
  • Career Opportunities in Writing
  • Career Opportunities for Bookworms & Other Literacy Types
  • Great Jobs for English Majors

Professional & Rivier University Organizations Related to English

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