What Can You Do With an English Major?

Marketable Skills for English Majors

Writing:
Writing creatively
Creating persuasive messages
Using precise language
Assessing an audience
Presenting specific viewpoints
Writing concisely
Drafting documents
Editing
Critical Thinking:
Thinking independently
Reading critically
Understanding components of
complex problems
Perceiving patterns/structures
Comparing/contrasting
Synthesizing themes
Summarizing ideas
Research:
Defining problems
Establishing hypotheses
Gathering information
Using original sources
Interpreting data
Summarizing and presenting
information
Evaluating results

What Some K-State English B.A.s are Doing

  • CEO of a proposal development company
  • Family Physician
  • President of a Community College
  • Director of a Public Library
  • Chief Operating Officer of a high technology company in Silicon Valley
  • Vice President and Associate General Counsel of a global hotel corporation
  • Director of Client Relations for a child care management company
  • Chair of an English Department
  • Research Analyst/Librarian with a National Laboratory
  • Inventory Manager for a bookshop/publisher
  • Director of Special Programs for a school district
  • Editorial Director at a greeting card company
  • Director of Human Resources/Risk Manager for City Government
  • Vice President for a Financial Management group
  • Psychiatrist
  • Investigative Analyst
  • Seventh-Grade Teacher
  • High School Library Media Specialist
  • Law Partner
  • Director of the Math and Writing Center, Peer Tutoring, and Disability Services
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Innkeeper-Owner
  • Editorial Assistant, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Chief Judge for a district in the State of Kansas
  • Art Gallery Owner and Manager

English Alumni Statistics (According to 2008 Survey)

stats25% Business

19% Education

18% Writing, Editing, Publishing

15% Retired

8% Professional
(law, medicine, ministry)

5% Library

4% Higher Education Administration/ Student Services

3% Homemaking

3% Government/Non-Profit

 

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