English language study lends itself to many careers

What will the story of your future be? Studying English prepares you for many opportunities!

Typical career opportunities for English majors include writer, editor, teacher or librarian, but the field is vast. Students with a major or minor in English can work in many fields. “The skills you develop really prepare you for the world, and for any career that you may want to go into,” said Professor Geraldine Jacobs.

English classes encompass both writing and composition, as well as literature courses. Students learn to become better writers and learn how to express themselves and communicate in writing, a skill highly sought after in the workplace. Through reading literature, they develop skills in analyzing and critical thinking, understanding different perspectives, understand audience.

In-demand careers today include:

  • English as a second language tutors, especially with online language schools. Demand is also high for those to teach English abroad.
  • Technical writers who create manuals or guides.
  • Television or movie writers to help write or modify scripts.
  • Museum administration.
  • Research writers.
  • Professional schools such as law school or medical school appreciate English majors who can write and communicate well.

“If you are going to a professional school, they need people who can do research, put information together, exercise critical thinking to gather and evaluate information and then summarize and make sense of it,” Jacobs said. “English students will take with them all of these skills, in effect, the ability to truly think.”

While having some talent and skill in writing will help, Jacobs urges that those are skills that can always be developed. “Regardless of where students are when they enter our classes, writing skills can always be improved,” Jacobs said.

Jackson College offers a transfer program in English, meaning students must transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Some fields, such as librarian, may require further study with a master’s degree (typically two years beyond a bachelor’s).