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5 Jobs You Can Get With an English Degree

If you are here, chances are you are either already an English major looking at job options after graduation, or you are considering majoring in English and want to know if it is worth it.

Whatever your reason for being here, welcome! Let's jump right into the list starting with the most obvious and moving on to the lesser known.

1. Educator

This one is probably the most well-known aside from writer, but there are different types of educator positions many may not have considered. Some of these you can do with just a bachelor's degree and some may require more schooling for a master's or even a doctorate.

  • K-12 Teacher

  • Writing Instructor

  • Writing/English Tutor

  • College Professor

  • School Administrator

  • Librarian/Archivist

2. Writer

You don't need a degree to be a writer, but an English degree will teach you the skills and knowledge to become a better writer. If you are wanting to work for a company and have no experience to show, then a degree will also be useful. Some companies even require a bachelor's degree for all of their writers. With so many different types of writers out there, it made the most sense to make a separate post on this topic. I will add a link when I post it.

3. Editor

Just like with writers and educators, there are also different types of editors. Different editing positions have different responsibilities as well and those can vary depending on the company. One thing people don't always realize is that editors do a lot more than simply check for grammatical & spelling errors. I have a separate post covering the different types of editors and what to expect for each position.

4. Literary Agent

One thing an English degree will help you with is communication. From classes on rhetoric to grammatical correctness, these are all skills necessary for a career as a literary agent. This position involves representing a writer by pitching their work to publishers and negotiating contracts.

5. Medical Scribe

While this may seem like an odd choice for an English major, medical scribes work closely with physicians and other medical professionals to record patient information. Good communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to quickly and accurately transcribe information are all necessary qualities for this position.

There are numerous job options available for English graduates. From education to writing, editing, literary agency, and even medical scribing, an English degree provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. So, don't let anyone discourage you from pursuing your passion for English, as there are plenty of rewarding and fulfilling career paths waiting for you.


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