Career Opportunities for Majors in English


The study of English provides opportunities to explore the worlds of literature and culture. Coursework focuses on areas such as literary study, the historical periods of medieval, renaissance, and eighteenth through twentieth centuries, and other English literature topics.

A bachelor's degree in English provides you with skills for a variety of positions in business, government, research, education, publishing, as well as in the cultural, entertainment, and communications industries. English as a major is versatile and helps you develop skills useful in many career fields. Your major is only one of many variables to be considered when developing career plans. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Effective career decision making is based on a thorough assessment of your skills, interests, values, and experiences. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, work experience, good grades, and college activities.

A Sample of Related Occupations

Administrative Assistant Fact Checker Nonprofit Administrator
Advertising Account Executive Fundraiser Personnel Trainee
Campaign Manager  Historical Society Specialist Production Assistant
Claims Examiner Journalist Public Relations Specialist
Communications Specialist Legislative Assistant Publicity Assistant
Community Relations Specialist Librarian Research Assistant
Copy Writer Lobbyist Researcher
Corporate Trainer Management Trainee Sales Representative
Critic Marketing/Sales Manager Special Events Coordinator
Customer Service Rep. Media Analyst Teacher
Editorial Assistant Media Buyer Volunteer Coordinator
Editor/Writer Museum Curator
Education Director

Types of Employers
Private and Non-profit Organizations

Advertising Agencies

Insurance Companies 

Book & Magazine Publishers

Investment Firms

Community Arts Centers


Community Service Organizations

Market Research Companies

Consumer Organizations

Media (Radio, TV) 

Cultural Organizations


Educational Institutions 


Financial Institutions

Public Relations Firms


Research Organizations

Healthcare Facilities

Retail Stores

Historical Societies

Telecommunications Firms

Hospitality Organizations


Government Agencies

Civil Rights Commission

Motor Vehicle Department

Consumer Affairs Office

National Endowment for the Humanities

Cultural Affairs

National Institutes of Health 

Department of Education 

Peace Corp/AmeriCorps

Division of Youth & Family Services

Political Organizations

Legislative Affairs

Small Business Administration


Travel and Tourism Department


Rutgers Graduates
First Jobs of Recent Graduates
Assistant Editor, Hobby Publications Financial Analyst Trainee, Goldman Sachs
Assistant Manager, B. Dalton Fitness Director, Aaron Health Center
Assistant Manager, Bloomingdales Health Educator, Planned Parenthood
Bank Teller, Hudson United Bank Management Trainee, Action Rent a Car
Brokers Assistant, Merrill Lynch Media Assistant, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising
Client Service Representative, Merrill Lynch Paralegal, Davis & Saperstein
Department Coordinator, R R Bowlar Publishing Production Assistant, Research on Education Association
Editor, Common Boundary Magazine Recruiter, Entology, Inc.
Editorial Assistant, Bantam Doubleday Dell Reporter, Forbes Newspapers
Editorial Production Assistant, Country Inns Publication  Sales Representative, NJ Bell
Teacher, Edison School District
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Account Executive, Agnew Carter McCarthy Public Relations  
Administrator, Audubon High School (MA) Litigation Analyst, City of San Jose (JD) 
Assistant Director of Communications, Leukemia Society Managing Director, Advertising Women of NY (M Ed.)
Assistant V.P. & Communications Manager, Chasemellon Shareholder Services Marketing Manager, TV Guide (MBA)
Associate Editor, Editor & Publisher Magazine (MS Journalism) Media Analyst, Alexander and Associates
Attorney, Greenbaum Rowe Smith (JD) Principal, Newark Board of Education (M Ed.)
Classified Advertising Manager, Roberts Publishing Company Production Manager, American Home Foods (MBA)
Corporate Communications Specialist, J&J/Ortho (MCIS) Professor, St. Johns University (PhD)
Communications Consultant, Andreoni & Associates Program Director, Princeton YWCA (MA Public Policy)
Customer Service Manager, Continental Health Affiliates Project Specialist, Partners in Care (MA, Health Administration)
Director, Career Services, Rutgers Law - Camden (M Ed.) Public Information Director, Somerset County
Director, Internet Fundraising, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Public Relations Director, AT&T (MBA)
District Sales Manager, Squibb Pharmaceutical Sales Manager, PR Newswire
Editor, Gannett Westchester Newspapers Sales Promotion Assistant Manager, Liz Claiborne
Employment Manager, Abraham & Straus Securities Analyst, New Japan Securities (MBA)
Exhibition Coordinator, Zimmerli Art Museum (MA Art History) Teacher, Teach for America
Export Manager, J.F. Hillebrand GMBH Technical Writer, Dialogic Corporation
Financial Analyst, Nabisco (MBA) Trade Show Manager, Toy Manufacturers of America
Freelance Writer, Self Employed (MA Journalism) Traffic Director, Tarlow Advertising
Guidance Counselor, Highland Park H.S. (MA Student Personnel) Training Consultant, Metropolitan Life Insurance
Healthcare Editor, J.P. Lippincott VP of Research, Primerica (MA Asian Studies)
Law Librarian, United States Attorney's Office (MLS) VP of Human Resources, Drake Beam Morin (MBA)
Library Director, Kenilworth Public Library (MLS) Writer/Photographer, Arline Zatz Publication

Graduate Schools Attended
Clemson University, MA, English Rutgers University, MA, English Education
Harvard University, PhD, Education The New School, PhD, Creative Writing
Johns Hopkins, PhD, English University of Calif.-Irvine, PhD, Comparative Lit.
New York University, PhD, French Literature


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Updated 10/3/05

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