All the reading and writing you do as an English student serves as excellent preparation for a job market built on information and communication. Your classes will promote your reading, writing, and presentation skills -- the skills employers want.
You'll learn to work both independently and as part of a team to address complex problems and create noteworthy content. Through your classes, you'll also develop cultural awareness and a heightened sensitivity to the view and ideas of others, while cultivating your own personal values and ethics: A must in the global marketplace.
We aren't the only ones who think English can take you places.
Here's a list compiled by the University of Washington of over 1,100 unique job titles held by their English alumni.
And here's an article showing how English majors will survive long after jobs in science have been taken over by automations.
And here's Steve Strauss' famous declaration: "Why I Hire English Majors."
Here's a study done by Dear English Major which indexes salary information from English graduates, from $9.50/hr to $385,000/year.
Here's a Forbes article listing jobs for English majors that start at $60,000/year.
And here's some fun unemployment statistics showing that the hot-ticket Computer Science major is really not doing much better than the literature one.
"English majors, who go on to a range of careers, are less likely to work in food service than in many highly skilled positions, including as chief executives and legislators (1.4 percent), physicians and surgeons (1.2 percent), or accountants and auditors (1.2 percent). Parents worried that their children will study English and end up as baristas should know that their sons and daughters are statistically more likely to end up as CEOs, doctors or accountants than behind the counter of a Starbucks."
Robert Matz, "The Myth of the English Major Barista" from Inside Higher Ed.
For English students who enjoy research, it often seems the natural next step to study English at the graduate level. It's not the right path for everyone, but if you feel you have what it takes, start researching the process now. Whether you're a high school student looking ahead or an alumnus wondering what to do next, it is a huge commitment simply to apply. We've compiled some links below to help you start thinking about the application process.
If you're thinking about a Master of Arts in English, check out our own department here.