Careers in English

Careers in English
Careers in English

From words to worlds.

People often think of English majors in careers such as teaching, writing, and publishing. And it's true, many English majors find satisfying and lucrative work in those fields. But these are only a few of the options available. The skills you learn as an English major—how to read thoughtfully, how to think critically, how to write skillfully—are in demand in many occupations from business to medicine, digital technology to law.

As an English major you develop a wide range of transferable skills. You learn how to research well, read deeply, synthesize varied ideas, formulate arguments, communicate effectively, and understand human nature. Such skills can be flexibly applied to a variety of career options, preparing you to adapt to an evolving and increasingly global job market.

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Careers

Career Paths

What can be done with an English major? Explore the career paths of UNL students and recent graduates.

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Internships

Internships are available in a variety of areas including: Editing & Publishing, Library & Information Science, Higher Education, Writing, and Digital Humanities.

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Career Services

Career Services

Career Services helps students explore and pursue career options, gain experience, and conduct a successful job search.

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Real Students, Real Stories

Hannah

Hannah is an English major in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Someday, she would like a career in the publishing industry. She was an intern with the University of Nebraska Press.

Dillon

Dillon is an English major in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He had an internship at The Prairie Schooner literary magazine and is now the opinion editor at The Daily Nebraskan, the student newspaper. Dillon studied abroad in China. Hear why he chose UNL.