What Can You Do With an English Major?

Marketable Skills for English Majors

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