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Writing/Editing

 
  • Creative Writing
    • Books
    • Poetry
    • Plays
    • Screenplays
    • Scripts
    • Greeting Cards
    • Lyrics/Jingle Writing
  • Journalism
    • Writing/Reporting
    • Editing
  • Technical Writing
    • Science and Medical Writing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Broadcast media companies including television, radio, and the movie industry
  • Trade, professional, or consumer publications
  • Internet sites
  • Large corporations
  • Government agencies including:
    • Department of Homeland Security
    • Department of Defense
    • Department of State
    • Veterans Affairs
    • National Archives and Records Admin.
  • Universities and university presses
  • Technical industries
  • Self-employed/Freelance

Education

 
  • Teaching
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs
  • Academic Advising
  • Information/Library Science
  • Non-classroom Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Language institutes, local and abroad
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Private learning centers
  • Test preparation organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations involved with literacy

Publishing

 
  • Editing
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Circulation
  • Production
  • Publicity
  • Marketing
  • Promotion
  • Administration
  • Trade publishing
  • Special interest magazines
  • Trade magazines
  • Association magazines
  • Sunday newspaper supplements
  • Educational publishing
  • Religious books and magazines
  • Professional and scholarly publishing
  • University presses
  • Independent publishers
  • Alternative media publishers including:
    • E-books
    • Audiobooks

Advertising

 
  • Creative Services
    • Copy Writing
    • Art Direction
  • Account Management
  • Media
  • Account Planning
  • Production
  • Advertising agencies
  • In-house agencies of large companies

Public Relations

 
  • Account Coordination
  • Writing/Editing
  • Media Relations
  • Account Management
  • Public relations firms
  • Advertising agencies
  • In-house public relations departments
  • Trade associations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies

Business

 
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
    • Claims
    • Underwriting
  • Business organizations including banks, real estate agencies, insurance firms, and large and small corporations
  • Retailers including department, grocery, drug, specialty, variety, and book stores

Law

 
  • Law Assistance
  • Prosecution
  • Defense
  • Contractual
  • Corporate
  • Nonprofit or Public Interest
  • Government
  • Mediation
  • Lobbying
  • Law firms
  • Government agencies
  • State and local government
  • Corporations
  • Public interest organizations
  • Private practice
  • Colleges and universities

General Information and Strategies

  • A bachelor's degree in English is sufficient for many entry level positions in business and industry.
  • A major in English is also good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science/government, public administration, communications, and religious studies (i.e., seminary).
  • Because English can lead to many different career paths, it is important to identify an area of interest and be planful about gaining the right skills, experience, and credentials to enter that field.
  • Be prepared to be proactive, determined, assertive, and confident in order to secure freelance writing opportunities. Writers typically experience many rejections for each piece that is accepted for publication. Save samples of written work to be used for a portfolio. Cultivate other career opportunities in order to supplement a freelance writing income.
  • Obtain additional areas of expertise such as journalism, broadcasting, technical writing, or politics for specialized positions.
  • For careers in advertising or public relations be prepared to begin in an entry-level position.
  • Appropriate teacher certification is required for public school teaching. A graduate degree is required for teaching at the college or university level.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals in careers of interest to learn more about their jobs.
  • Join relevant professional associations. Attend their conferences and read their journals.