Majoring in English can result in a lifetime of rewards.
While many misconceptions exist about the scarcity of job possibilities
for the English major, the truth is many career paths exist.
For instance, one could enter the field of publishing. St.
Louis is the home of a few publishing
companies. Moreover, with small press publishing becoming
increasingly prevalent, more jobs in that field are anticipated in the near future.
Within the publishing arena, one could work as an editor, a writer,
a publicist, or as a part of the production or advertising team.
Another career field for the English major is education.
One could teach in public
and/or private schools
as well as in colleges
and universities (with a masters level degree or above). One could also branch into library science
and obtain a position in that field.
One of the main reasons many people major in English is that they
plan to pursue a career in law.
The study of English lends itself to law
because of the rhetorical components of language (argument/persuasion
in particular). Moreover, most of an attorney's or a paralegal's
work will involve writing and speaking--the very basis of English
also a field conducive to the English major. Advertising
involves the use of language and images to effect particular outcomes.
With the English major's versatility with words, he/she is particularly
suited to the advertising path. Additionally, people with English
backgrounds are well-versed in research methodology, and advertising
personnel must research their products and potential buyers in
order to know whom to target and how to market to particular populations.
Finally, one of the biggest complaints of employers
in today's economy is the lack of employees who are competent
in English. Employees who are not able to read, write, or
verbalize well cost employers millions of dollars each year.
Thus, the business and banking
industries seek those who can communicate well--a degree in English
will speak for itself on one's resume when competing in the business
These are just a few of the ideas about career
possibilities for the English major. Besides career avenues,
the English degree offers an individual a sense of personal
fulfillment. Literature explores the very nature of the
human condition while writing and speaking piece together the
tapestry of humanity via communication and word imagery. In other words,
a degree in English not only enhances one's career marketability,
it also causes one to flourish as a human being.