What Can You Do with a BA in English?
Upper Iowa University (UIU) offers a comprehensive English program that covers reading,
grammar, writing, American culture, and listening and speaking. UIU courses and accredited
online degree programs afford many opportunities for those who successfully complete
Writing and speaking are communication skills applicable to almost any career. True,
English majors graduate prepared to teach, and many do, but there are many other potentially
lucrative English degree employment opportunities, including:
- Journalism: A journalist must put facts and ideas together into cohesive articles
and other materials. There are many opportunities in the field and ways to get started.
You might start with the college newspaper and move to print, TV broadcasting, or
radio, but many of today’s journalists are working in electronic media.
- Publishing: Landing a job as a copy editor, fact checker or editor for a publishing
firm requires a background in writing. This field is not only about books and magazines.
Financial companies, marketing firms and other companies have publishing divisions
that require specific skills and expertise, attained through BA programs and accredited
- Writing: A writer, educated by a rich curriculum, can work in fiction and non-fiction.
You may end up writing novels or screenplays, magazine articles or web content. Perhaps
you’ll work for a company writing marketing materials or work as a technical writer,
producing documentation and instructional manuals. The median annual salary here,
according to Monster.com, is over $49,000.
Higher Paying Jobs for English Majors
Earning over $60,000 a year is possible with an English degree. Here are some examples
of such jobs:
- Sales: Professionals such as sales account managers must use superior written and
oral communication skills to work with clients. Maintaining business relationships
requires problem-solving, critical thinking and the ability to create and implement
- Proposal manager: You could earn $65,000 or more writing proposals and being persuasive
(Monster.com). To do the writing, coordinate a team, and prepare a proposal, one needs
to be a master at the English language.
- IT project management: Although often associated with more technical skills, working
in IT involves breaking down complex ideas, planning, coordinating, and directing
activities. Grammar skills, therefore, go hand in hand with computer knowledge in
- Corporate communications: A corporate communications director can earn an average
of $128,000, according to a Forbes overview. Former English majors can end up at the
head of a company’s PR team or land lucrative positions as editorial directors, senior
writers, editors-in-chief or content strategists.
Upper Iowa University’s Campus-based program offers the advantages of small class
sizes, field trips, and creative writing courses. You have a choice between the traditional
English major, with its emphasis on literature and culture, or a creative writing
track which explores your own potential for contributions to the world of literature.
Over the last 35 years, 100 percent of our English majors have been admitted to graduate
school programs. Many have gone on to work as chefs, economic development officers,
editors, judges, and state legislative representatives. Learn more about our university courses and English program by requesting information online or calling 800-553-4150.