Department of English
Careers in English
Careers chosen by English majors are varied and diverse. Our English majors have gone on to obtain advanced degrees, not just in English, from schools such as Brandeis, Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Penn, Pittsburgh, Stanford, and Yale.
What have former UVM English majors done with their degrees?
Based on information from the Alumni Office our majors have gone on to be an account executives, attorneys, assistant editors, public school teachers, advertising agents, professors of literature, actresses and actors. We count among our English majors an editor at Oxford University Press, a playwright, a researcher-reporter for TIME Magazine, a producer for CNN, a press secretary to a committee of the U.S. Senate, an assistant professor of art history at Stanford University, a reference librarian at the New York Public Library, a singer-songwriter, a production manager for Travel Weekly, a learning disabilities consultant, a graphic designer, a math teacher, and a radio personality, just to name a few.
Some statistics about English majors in the workforce
Of the 390 English major alumni who responded to a questionnaire:
- 30% are involved with education, whether as a classroom teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor, administrator or "other". They are in all levels of education from grade school to university and not all of them teach English. They have become teachers of archeology, history, Latin, romance languages, and art history.
- 26% who responded are in business and finance, including some who are self-employed.
- 10% are in areas of journalism or publishing.
- 7% are in government services
- about 13% are in various health fields, including medical doctors, or law.
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