Career Options

Careers for English Majors

  • Author
  • Technical Writer
  • Reporter/Journalist
  • Grant Writer/Research Analyst
  • Lobbyist/Lawyer/Legal Assistant
  • Editor/Publisher
  • Speech Writer
  • Freelance Magazine Article Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Blogger/Vlogger

Starting Salary*

The typical starting salary for an English major 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

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
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.