On this page you will find information about careers pursued by English majors, skills English majors develop and career-related Web sites relevant to the major.  Visit the department page to  learn more about the English  program.


It is important to remember that your major does not determine what your career will be.  With a liberal arts education, YOU, not your major, will determine your career path.  

Example job titles of Dickinson alumni who majored in English include:   

  • Assistant Editor
  • Columnist - Investigative Reporter
  • Email Marketing Manager
  • English Teacher
  • Online Reference/Instruction Librarian
  • Research Analyst, Education & Human

Career-Related Skills

  • Communication: English majors develop the ability to write clearly and accurately.
  • Analytical Thinking: English majors learn to create and evaluate logical arguments and generate new ideas.
  • Research: English students are able to gather information and synthesize ideas from different sources to write reports and present conclusions.
  • Insights & Understanding: Through the study of literature, majors acquire an understanding of human behavior, ideas, and thought.

Career-Related Web Sites



  • Advertising & Media Jobs - Extensive list of job opportunities in advertising, public relations, and media.
  • Advertising Age - Connects employers and job seekers by allowing you to search for jobs and post and edit your resume. 
  • The Ad Council - A private, non-profit organization that produces, distributes and promotes public service campaigns.
  • Advertising and Public Relations - An overview of careers in these fields. 
  • Talent Zoo – Search for advertising jobs according to job title and location. 

Top Advertising Agencies



Public Relations

Top Public Relations Agencies


Top Publishing Houses:


  • Hire Minds - Leading search firm focused on marketing recruiting.
  • Authorlink - Resource to help book publishers.
  • American Copy Editors Society - Provides info about job openings for copy editors.
  • Sun Oasis Jobs
  • PoeWar – List of available opportunities.
  • Absolute WriteAssociated Writing Programs - Provides resources and support to writers.
  • Burry Man - Provides freelance job links and resources for playwriters, screenwriters and others.
  • iUniverse.com - Help from industry experts in self-publishing.
  • Science Writing - A Guide to Careers in Science Writing sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
  • Children's Writing Resource Center - Offers tools to succeed as a children's writer as well as offers access to research databases and an on-line E-zine for children's writers. 
  • Romance Writers - Describes the romance genre, offers the latest news and current romance bestsellers as well as links to authors, publishers, and Romance Writers Association chapters.

For additional career resources and links, please visit the Job Search Web Link page.