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English Studies Can Help You Launch Your Career

Dear English Major lists nine misconceptions about English majors. Chances are you've probably heard the first four: 

  • Misconception #1: You want to be a teacher.
  • Misconception #2: You won’t make any money if you major in English.
  • Misconception #3: The skills you learn in English class don’t translate to the “real world.”
  • Misconception #4: There are no jobs for English majors. 

English majors can be teachers, yes. But they can also be successful business leaders, writers, legal specialists, marketing professionals—the list goes on. There are endless career options and salary possibilities, all an English degree away. 

Skills You Will Learn

Your English degree is defined by the skills you learn in our program and how you market these skills to potential employers. According to Inside Higher Ed, "what we hear from industry is that they want workers with the soft skills that do not go out of date, as well as a basic understanding of the current hard facts and skills that will be useful for just a few years before they must be upskilled for a new generation of technology." This means that if you're worried that the English degree won't hold up as well as other degrees, that you should reconsider your thinking. Throughout our program, you will learn skills and ways of thought that will make you an asset to employers.

Potential Job Titles & Salaries

Using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we compiled a list of potential career paths for English majors and their corresponding 2018 median salary. 
Job Title 2021 Median Salary
Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teacher $59,720
Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Manager $133,380
Editor $63,350
High School Teacher $61,820
Human Resources Specialist $62,290
Lawyer $127,990 
Librarian $61,190
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner $49,470
Paralegals and Legal Assistant $56,230
Postsecondary Teacher $79,640
Public Relations Specialist $62,800
Reporter, Correspondent, and Broadcast News Analyst $48,370
Technical Writer $78,060
Web Developer $77,030
Writer/Author $69,510

Where are our alumni? 

Arbonne Beckfield College Campbell County Schools
Cincinnati Art Museum Citizens Deposit Bank City Beat
Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company Digs Full Sail University
Gallatin County Schools Gateway Community & Technical College Gyro:
Ivy Tech Community College Joseph-Beth Booksellers Kenton County Public Library
Liberty Mutual Miami University Mount St. Joseph University
Northern Kentucky University Notre Dame Academy Our Life Logs
PEMA Porkbelly Press Schweitzer Tax & Insurance
Southern New Hampshire University The YMCA University of Cincinnati
University of Illinois University of Louisville University of North Texas
Xavier University Zwicker & Associates