JUST A FEW Jobs for English Majors*

{View first part, “What She Will Do with an English Degree” (aka “She Showed Them”)}

There are many webpages with lists of jobs for English majors — many more than most people expect. I can speak the most into editing jobs, but here are three out of many, just to give a few examples.

Content Editing and Publishing Jobs

Publishing offices — whether they do some type of print or online publishing — need editors of some type. Content is huge these days, whether we’re talking about digital or print materials; someone needs to edit, strategize and organize that content. Jobs can range from proofreaders (who usually edit for the basics of grammar, punctuation, etc.) to copyeditors (who go beyond grammar and punctuation) to content creators and strategists.

Social Media and Email

There are entire jobs now for people who strategize and post on social media. At first glance, it may seem like these would not have the potential for full-time work, but let’s take email as an example.

For any given email campaign, there needs to be a strategy and scheduling (see why English degrees are well suited for various tasks). After that, the email has to be composed. Once the content (text and images) are in an email format, it may need to be tweaked for various audiences; many companies likely have various email lists, depending on the locations, preferences and email-reading habits of the recipients.

Beyond that, before an email goes out about cosmetics, for example, it’s likely that experts on the product, whether in a marketing department or product development or otherwise, will likely need to check and approve that email.

While social media may or may not include all the processes for email, it has other additional tasks beyond the obvious.

Marketing Writing

For those so inclined, marketing writing is another option. This includes typical marketing copy, fundraising materials, direct mail campaigns, ad copy and the like. Some of this is agency-driven, but there are plenty of companies and organizations that need staff with this skill. This is not necessarily “only a freelance job.”

It’s worth mentioning, also, that as with many jobs, the titles for the above positions are not necessarily going to be “marketing writer,” “social media editor,” etc. Even at publishing offices, there are different levels of editors — and different job descriptions for the same title across companies. Job titles are just a starting place.

There are many jobs out there for English majors — if you are an English major, don’t let anyone dissuade you because of long-accepted stereotypes that society cannot let go of. You probably already know from doing career research; if you’re just starting your research, you will probably be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

And yes, it is possible to get promotions and advance with an English degree. We talk more about that in the next entry. We also talk about the vital skills English majors possess that make them perfectly suited to certain positions.

{View the next part: Why English Majors are Good at Their Jobs, Proof That They Can Move Up and Things to Consider}

*Republished from my old site, Artistically Writing.