Majoring in English sets students up for diverse, flexible, and successful futures. English majors are both competitive candidates on the job market and competent students for many different advanced degrees!
What careers do English majors pursue?
Almost everything! The core proficiencies we teach and foster – close analysis, deep research, outstanding writing ability, strong and nuanced communication, and the ability to understand complex social formations with sensitivity and empathy – are consistently praised as some of the most desirable skills in today’s marketplace. Honing these critical and complex abilities makes English majors competitive candidates in almost any job search as employers are often seeking individuals with developed written and verbal communication skills. The English major is one of the most versatile degrees available.
The English major is not tracked toward a single profession, but toward the skills that lead to all sorts of careers. Think that these students ended up in their professions for reasons outside of the specific training they received in the major? Not likely. In fact, 78% of graduates with humanities degrees explain that their education relates directly to their job.
Steven Pearlstein, a reporter for The Washington Post writes, "In today's fast-changing global economy, the most successful enterprises aren't looking for workers who know a lot about only one thing. They are seeking employees who are nimble, curious and innovative. The work done by lower-level accountants, computer programmers, engineers, lawyers and financial analysts is already being out-sourced . . . soon it will be done by computers. The good jobs of the future will go to those who can collaborate widely, think broadly and challenge conventional wisdom - precisely the capacities that a liberal arts education is meant to develop."