Career Development

Career Planning

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

Professional & Rivier University Organizations Related to English