Career Options

Careers for English Majors

  • Author
  • Technical Writer
  • Reporter/Journalist
  • Grant Writer
  • Lobbyist/Lawyer
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Speech Writer
  • Freelance Magazine Article Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher/Professor

Starting Salary*

An English major’s typical starting salary is $34,851. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $62,615.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit payscale.com.

Job Titles of People with English Degrees

  • Senior Editor of Intellectual Capital, Booz Allen
  • Diplomat/Political Officer, Foreign Service
  • Lobbyist, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
  • Editor, Campbell Alliance
  • Policy and Procedures Specialist, District of Colombia
  • Features Reporter, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
  • Literary Agent, Simon and Schuster
  • Research Attorney for the Presiding Judge, Juvenile Court of Los Angeles
  • Reporter, Forbes magazine