Careers

What Can I Do with an English Degree?

The ability to express ideas well in writing and to comprehend and organize large amounts of complex material are perhaps the quickest ways to stand out in any career field. The Nebraska Wesleyan English degree is a versatile program which provides a wide variety of potential career paths.

  • Journalism: With the addition of journalism minor, student can gain practical skills in news reporting, feature writing, photography and mass media.
  • Writing: With the addition of a writing minor, students can gain practical skills in writing fiction, poetry and scripts for television movies, and radio—even a librarian.
  • Business and Technical Writing: Business and technical writers also are in high demand for their ability to write marketing communication pieces, press releases, employee communications, documentation, grants, training materials and proposals.
  • Teaching: You may choose to focuses on creative writing, fiction, poetry, linguistics, classical rhetoric and the history of English to become an English teacher. See also Education Department requirements.

Graduate Studies

Most librarians need a master’s degree in library science.

Job Opportunities

For detailed information about English degree career opportunities, see also Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Writers & Authors, Editors, and Technical Writers.

  • Adult Literacy Teacher
  • K-12 English Teacher
  • Journalist, Feature Writer or Columnist
  • Public Relations Writer (press releases, speeches, social media)
  • Human Resources Writer (policies and procedures)
  • Marketing Communications Copywriter
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Script Writer for broadcast radio and television, as well as corporate marketing and employee communications videos
  • Technical documentation writer
    • Manuals for hardware, software, operations, procedures, policies, quality assurance
    • Requests for proposals and their responses
    • White papers
    • Product specification sheets
    • Software and online help
  • Speechwriter
  • Grant writer
  • Freelance magazine writer, travel writer, columnist
  • Author, short fiction, poetry, novels and non-fiction
  • Ghostwriter
  • Playwright or Screenwriter
  • Biographer
  • Blogger
  • Web Content Writer
  • Newspaper or Magazine Editor
  • Copyeditor and Fact Checker