A Liberal Arts degree with an English major prepares students for a variety of jobs in a vast range of professions (see our list of famous English Majors). Graduates of Illinois State University’s Department of English learn transferable skills that make them easily marketable. Students are encouraged to declare a minor that matches their career aspirations with the English major.
According to the Occupational Outlook handbook, from 1994 to 2004 jobs in publishing industries grew by 3.8%. Projections from 2004 to 2014 say the growth will increase by 6.6%. Newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers grew by .9% from 1994 to 2004. Projections for 2004 to 2014 show an increase of 3.1%. Internet and other information services are expected to increase by 8.5% from 2004 to 2014. Independent artists, writers, and performers are expected to increase by 3.4% in the same period.
The most recent labor statistics and projections may be found at the Occupational Outlook Handbook website, sponsored by the United States Department of Labor.
For more information about careers for English major, and help preparing for your job search, visit the Illinois State Career Center.
A degree in English prepares you for many different career paths...
An English major's ability to read critically and write clearly is an asset in a variety of careers in business.
Working as a freelance writer (whether fiction, creative, non-fiction or technical writing) is a challenging career choice, but many people find working for themselves to be quite rewarding.
An MA in English is often an excellent terminal degree whether for public school teachers or people working in technical writing or corporate communication.
Students with a strong social justice ethic can use an English or Publishing major as a starting point for a career with a variety of nonprofit organizations.
Many students use an undergraduate degree in English as preparation for law school or graduate work in library science.
Our Publishing Studies major provides a strong preparation for careers in commercial and nonprofit publishing.
More high school English teachers in Illinois attended Illinois State than any other school.
Many of our undergraduates use an English major with a minor in writing or a publishing studies major as a starting point to a career in technical communication, training, or corporate communications.
You can also read stories from some of our recent alumni about their experiences after graduation.