A liberal arts education prepares you for the challenges of a changing and unpredictable world, equipping you with the skills to communicate, debate, solve problems and think critically. Here's a sampling of careers paths for English majors.

First Jobs

  • Litigation paralegal, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York
  • Program analyst, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • National organizer, Earth Day Network, Seattle
  • Assistant, State of Florida, Federal Policy Officer of Governor Jeb Bush, Washington
  • Assistant literary manager, American Place Theater, New York 
  • Editorial assistant, Tate magazine, London
  • English teacher, Carlisle School, Martinsville, Virginia
  • Press associate, Kennedy Center, Washington
  • Editorial assistant, Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh
  • Analyst, Deloitte Consulting LLP, New York 
  • Teacher, Teach for America, Miami, Florida
  • Teaching intern and coach, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, Massachusetts
  • Deckhand, Sea Education Association
  • Financial analyst, Wells Fargo, Palo Alto, California
  • Publicity assistant, Penguin Group (USA)
  • ICM Partners talent agency, Los Angeles 
  • Intern, Laura Gross Literary Agency, Boston
  • Editorial intern, Oxford University Press, New York
  • English teaching assistant, Fulbright Fellowship, Various countries including Mexico, Turkey, Jordan
  • Intern, GREY Advertising, New York
  • Teacher, Teach for America, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Editorial intern, Norton Critical Editions, New York
  • Episcopal Service Corps, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Resident, Urban Teachers
  • Columbia Publishing Course, New York
  • Elementary teaching fellow, KIPP Columbus
  • Secondary school teacher, Teach for America, New Mexico
  • Princeton in Asia, Chiang Rai, Thailand


  • U.S. district judge, United States Courts, Toledo, Ohio
  • Chief speech writer, Mayor of Chicago, Chicago
  • Editor, Bloomberg News, New York
  • Captain, United AirLines, Inc., Palm Springs, California
  • Vice president, Digital Mastering: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Culver City, Colorado
  • Former dep. chief staff-operations, The White House, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Editor, National Wildlife Federation, Kensington, Maryland
  • Head teacher, The Gateway School, New York
  • Director of global brand marketing, Mailchimp
  • Assistant professor of english, Westminster College
  • Architect, Blake H. Held AIA Architect, Honeoye Falls, New York
  • Neurologist-physician, Ozarks Comm. Hosp., Self Employed, Nixa, Missouri
  • Vice president, Humanities Academic Design, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Professor of law, Albany Law School 

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