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Careers for  English Literature Program Graduates

For majors in English concentrating in literature

Common job titles

  • College professor
  • Content strategist
  • Copy editor
  • Corporate communications director
  • Editor-in-chief
  • Editorial director
  • High school teacher
  • Managing editor
  • Professor
  • Technical writer
  • Video game producer
  • Web producer

Job outlook data

Employers prize qualities found in students with a traditional liberal arts education: teamwork, clear writing, problem-solving aptitude and strong oral communication. English language and literature majors are most likely to join tech companies to work in sales, marketing and project management or business strategy. Other common specializations include customer service, corporate communications and human resources.

Where can I work with this major?

Employers of English language and literature majors include:

  • Cultural resource management firms
  • Investment banking and business firms
  • Marketing and public relations firms
  • Multimedia companies
  • High schools
  • Colleges/universities

» Get information about Adelphi’s English degree program

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Writers and Authors, 14 Jobs For English Majors That Pay At Least $60,000Good News Liberal-Arts Majors: Your Peers Probably Won’t Outearn You Forever.

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Center for Career and Professional Development
Nexus Building, Room 225
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Students and Alumni:

Department of English
Harvey Hall Room 216
p – 516.877.4020