What Can I Do With an English Major?
Below is a list of job titles and brief job descriptions for which a major or minor
in English would provide excellent training.
For more information, please see McKendree University’s Career Services.
Writes advertising copy for display in all media: newspaper, Internet, magazine, billboard, packaging, television, radio.
Computer Instructional Designer
Writes instructional and tutorial manuals and course materials for internal and customer training. Works for manufacturers of computer hardware and software.
Computer Marketing Communications Specialist
Writes brochures, data sheets, and other marketing materials to promote a computer product.
Copy Editor/Copy Reader
Edits printed copy for grammatical and stylistic errors. Works in a variety of settings: book and magazine publishers, newspapers, advertising agencies, web-design firms, in-house publications of business and agency newsletters and releases.
Corporate Communications Specialist
Writes press releases, speeches, annual reports, and other material to promote a corporation and its image.
Evaluates manuscripts; reviews and edits copy; coordinates photography, illustrations, and graphics; secures copyrights and permissions to quote copyrighted material. Works for book publishers.
Writes for publications on an assignment basis for a negotiated fee, usually after submittal of a query letter proposing ideas for articles or stories. Typically works as an independent contractor.
Hired to inform corporations or individuals what they can or can’t do under the law.
Assist lawyers in the work.
Writes and rewrites scripts for broadcast media.
Works and writes for a publication on a regular basis. Usually works under pressure of deadlines on general assignments before specializing in a particular area. In addition to newspapers and magazines, employers include corporations and agencies with in-house newsletters.
Elementary or Secondary School Teacher
Instructs high school, junior high or elementary school students. Most secondary school teachers teach several courses in a single subject area. Public schools generally require certification; private schools generally do not.
Researches, writes and edits publications that communicate scientific technical information to readers with no technical background. Employers include corporations, professional associations, and government agencies.
Writes test questions for standardized exams.
Public Relations/Public Information Specialist
Assesses the public relations needs of an organization, and plans and implements programs to meet them.Distinct from advertising. Makes public appearances, produces special events, and prepares press releases and packets to generate favorable free publicity. Works for professional agencies, businesses, and for nonprofit and social service organizations.
Assists researchers in collecting and analyzing data, observing and interviewing people, surveying appropriate literature, and writing reports in order to advise or inform a client. Works for research and consulting firms.