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What is English?

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with an English major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider. 

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree. 

CWU Department of English 

Related Career Titles
Account ExecutiveActor/ActressAdministrative Assistant
AdministratorAdvertising CopywriterAnalyst
Author - Fiction Non-FictionAssistant Scientific WriterBank Officer
BiographerBook CriticBusiness Manager
Circulation AssistantCity ManagerCollege Professor
Columnist/CommentatorComedy WriterCommunications Manager
Congressional AideCopywriterCorrective Therapist
Creative WriterCritic, Art/BookCrossword Puzzle
CuratorCustomer ServiceDesktop Publisher
DirectorRadio-TV CommentatorRadio-TV Newscaster
Reading ConsultantReporterResearch Assistant
Researcher/PollsterRetail SalesTechnical Consultant
Technical WriterTraining SpecialistEditor, Film/Video
Editor, MagazineEditor, NewsEditor, Newspaper
Editor, PublicationsEditor, PublicationsEditor, Writer
Editorial AssistantEducation & TrainingEducational Program Specialist
Entertainment AgentFashion MerchandiserForeign Correspondent
Freelance Writer/ConsultantFundraiserGreeting Card Writer
Hearing OfficerHotel & Motel ManagerHuman Resource Specialist
Human Service PractitionerHumorist/ComedianInformation Abstractor
Insurance AgentInterior DesignerInterpreter & Translator
Investment Counselor/ManagerJournalistLabor Relations Specialist
LawyerLegal AssistantLibrarian
Sales RepresentativeSales/Service ManagerScript Reader
Singer/VoiceTeacherSocial Welfare Examiner
Social WorkerTranslatorUnderwriter
Video Scriptwriter/ProducerLiterary AgentLoan Officer
LobbyistMagazine WriterManagement Trainee
Manuscript ReaderMarket ResearchMarketing Specialist
Marketing WriterMass MediaMedia Planner
Medical RecordsNarratorNovelist
ParalegalParalegal AssistantPersonnel Manager
Probation and Parole OfficerProduct ManagerProgram Manager
ProofreaderProperty ManagerPublic Administrator
Public Relations SpecialistPublic SpeakerPublicity Assistant
PublisherPublishing AssistantSpecial Events Coordinator
Speech WriterSports WriterStockbroker
Talent AgentTeacher (all levels)ESL Teacher
WriterDocumentation Specialist 
Related Major Skills
Influencing and persuadingClarifying ideas
Problem solvingComparing interpretations
Thinking independentlyCreative writing
Presenting alternative view pointsMaking oral presentations
Developing hypothesesSummarizing ideas
Editing skillsOral and written communication skills

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