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 Careers in English  

 

SPOTLIGHT

English majors learn how to write, analyze circumstances, and communicate effectively. They become great problem solvers and find gainful employment in all fields. Their written and oral arguments are cohesive, persuasive, and clear. With their analytical oral and written skills, English majors are both creative and logical. Their literary training makes them very astute with a keen understanding of the human condition. These skills are suitable for several career opportunities in the following areas:

Account Executive

Account Supervisor

Acting

Administration

Administrative &
Camp Program Director

Administrative
Assistant/ Office Manager

Advertising

Advertising
Account Executive

Advertising
Sales Representative

Agent's Asst.

Announcer

Apologist

Application Developer

Archivist

Area Coordinator

Assistant
Account Executive

Assistant Editor/Production Editor

Associate Company Manager

Associate
Director of Publicity

Associate Editor

Associate/Public Accountant

Attorney

Author

Bank Officer

Book Publisher

Bookstore manager

Broadcast Advertising Manager

Broadcasting

Business

Business
Operations Senior Planner

Buyer

Career Counselor

Child Care Specialist/Teacher

Columnist

Comedian

Commodities Trader

Communication

Communication
Skills Trainer

Communications Assistant

Community
Affairs Specialist

Computer Manager/Consultant

Confidential
Assistant Executive

Consultant-Research

Coordinator

Copywriter

Corporate Communications

Correspondent

Counseling

Court Reporter

Creative Director

Creative Writing

Critic
(film, literature, social)

Customer Service Rep.

Cultural Attaché

Design Specialist

Development Associate/Social Worker

Director of
Public Relations

Documentary producer

Documentary writer

Drama

Editing

Editor (assignment,
book, copy, dictionary)

Editor/User Consultant

Editorial Assistant

Educational Researcher

Educator

Electronic
Publishing Specialist

Entertainment Agent

Environmental Planner

Executive Assistant

Executive
Search Consultant

Filmmaker

Financial Aid Counselor

Foreign Service

Fundraiser

Government Service

Head of Advertising/
Asst. Vice President

History

Human
Resources Assistant

Humorist

Information Officer

Insurance Agent

Interior Designer

Interpreter/Translator

Interviewer

Jeweler/Goldsmith

Journalist

Junior Accountant

Legal Assistant

Librarian

Loan Officer

Lobbyist

Management Trainee

Manager

Manuscript Reader

Market Editor

Market
Research Analyst

Marketing Assistant

Marketing Coordinator

Marketing Director

Marketing Manager

Marketing
Projects Coordinator

Marketing Researcher

Mass Media Assistant

Media specialist
(buyer, planner, director)

Movie script writer

Musician/Composer

Narrator

News Reporter

Newspaper/
Magazine Editor

Operations Manager

Paralegal

Paralegal Assistant

Patient Financial Coordinator

Personnel Manager

Philosophy

Politics

Press secretary

Production Assistant

Professor

Project
Manager/ City Planner

Proofreader

Psychology

Public
Information Specialist

Public relations

Public Relations Assistant

Public
Relations Specialist

Public Service

Publications Manager

Publisher's Assistant

Publisher/Indexer

Publishing

Publishing Assistant

Quality Assurance Assistant Manager

Reading Consultant

Real Estate Broker

Regional Director

Regional Planner

Reporter

Research Analyst

Research Assistant

Research Journalist

Researcher: Opinion
polls, Fact checker

Sales

Secondary
School Teacher

Senior Account Executive

Senior Editor

Senior Staff Writer

Singer/Songwriter

Social Work

Social Worker

Special Agent

Special
Events Coordinator

Special Projects Director

Speech writer

Staff Assistant

Staff Photographer

State Representative

Stockbroker

Store Manager/
Regional Manager

Teaching (all levels)

Telecommunications Systems Consultant

Television Producer

Television Show Writer

Text Specialist Engineer

Theatre

Traffic Manager

Writer: Technical, Freelance

Famous English Majors:

Douglas Adams

Alan Alda

Amerie

Russell Baker

Dave Barry

Joy Behar

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Gwendolyn Brooks

Carol Browner

Edward Burns

Brett Butler

James Cameron

Johnny Carson

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Chevy Chase

Tom Clancy

Mario Cuomo

Joan Cusack

Matt Damon

Vin Diesel

Maureen Dowd

David Duchovny

Michael Eisner

Harrison Ford

Jodie Foster

James Franco

Kathryn Fuller

A. Bartlett Giamatti

Allen Ginsberg

Heather Graham

Cathy Guisewite

Mary Hart

Joseph Heller

Don Henley

David Henry Hwang

Chris Isaak

Famke Janssen

Catherine Keener

Stephen King

Kris Kristofferson

Tommy Lee Jones

John Mahoney

Arthur Miller

Toni Morrison

Paul_Newman

Christopher Nolan

Joyce Carol Oates

Conan O’Brien

Randy Owen

Joe Paterno

Henry Paulson

David Hyde Pierce

Donald Regan

Christopher Reeve

Sally Ride

Mitt Romney

Geoffrey Rush

Susan Sarandon

Fred Savage

Diane Sawyer

Martin Scorsese

Marty Schottenheimer

Paul Simon

Sting

Steven Spielberg

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)

Amy Tan

Brandon Tartikoff

Clarence Thomas

Helen Thomas

Emma Thompson

Grant Tinker

John Updike

James Van Der Beek 

Harold Varmus

Barbara Walters

Sigourney Weaver

Eudora Welty

Pete Wilson

Reese Witherspoon

Bob Woodward

Renee Zellweger

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