English Careers

Develop critical thinking, writing and reading skill— vital to success in any profession and to being an engaged and informed citizen.

Career Paths for English Majors

A degree in English prepares you to succeed in a multitude of fields. Today’s employers are looking for workers who can communicate information effectively to people from different backgrounds and cultures. Reading and analyzing literature teaches you to consider historical contexts and perspectives that you may not have otherwise encountered, which helps you navigate our increasingly complex, interconnected world. Writing and rhetoric courses introduce you to the essential genres of writing and elements of design, ensuring you will thrive in whatever position you choose to pursue. Journalism allows you utilize writing and research skills for local or national contexts and enables you to create professional pieces that are relevant to you and your community.

A recent study by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, based on U.S. Census data and Gallup polling of workers nationwide, shows that English degree holders are not only gainfully employed and very often hold management positions, but that they have high career satisfaction throughout their lives. A degree in English will give you the intellectual flexibility necessary to adapt to complex social and professional environments.

Career Options

  • Technical Writing
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Creative Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Business
  • Law
  • Government
  • STEM

Don’t take our word for it... Our students speak for themselves!

The skills I developed while earning my English degree at NCWC have transferred perfectly into a career in education…

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Quinn Tobias, ‘18

The professors in the English Department were all so helpful, knowledgeable, and insightful. The English Department honestly felt like family to me…

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Chasadie Searcy, ‘21

I love working with authors and making sure that there is a lot of communication so that manuscripts move through our production process as smoothly as possible

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Kaitlin Butler, ‘18