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Advising & Career Services' Resources

Advising & Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n

  • Action Line Columnist
  • Actor
  • Abstractor/Editor
  • Archivist
  • Art Critic
  • Assistant City Editor
  • Book Editor
  • Career Services Consultant
  • Communications Director
  • Copy Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Fashion Columnist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Jury Consultant
  • Magazine Publisher
  • Newspaper Columnist
  • Newspaper Photographer
  • Press Secretary
  • Public Access Cable TV Station Manager
  • Public Information Officer
  • Public Relations Account Executive
  • Talk Show Host
  • Technical Writer
  • Travel and Outdoor Writer
  • Travel Writer
  • University Media Relations Director
  • Web Site Designer

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Professional Associations

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Sites with Career-Related Information for English Majors

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Places of Employment

English majors may find employment in a variety of areas depending on their skills and experience. Some English graduates choose to work in writing-related fields including journalism, technical writing, publishing, public relations, and advertising as well as nonwriting-related careers. Career-related internships or part-time jobs are often a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation in these and other fields.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived primarily from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested English majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for English majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

Jobs Reported by English Majors (gathered from American Community Survey data)

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys over 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in English. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Lawyers, and Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Editors
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Web Developers
  • Writers and Authors
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Management Analysts
  • Education Administrators
  • Financial Managers
  • Librarians
  • Designers
  • Technical Writers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Social Workers
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Clergy
  • Counselors
  • Fundraisers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Purchasing Managers
  • News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Directors, Religious Activities and Education
  • Producers and Directors
  • Database Administrators
  • Community Health Workers
  • Police Officers
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Budget Analysts
  • Optometrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Financial Analysts
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Photographers
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Midwives

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Department of English - Portland State University

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