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EIU Department of English

What Can I Do with an English Major?

More than you might think.

According to a report released in May 2013 by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, the unemployment rate for new U.S. college graduates in high school teaching (including English) was 3.6% between 2010-2012, and for general English majors who went on to earn graduate degrees, it was 3.9%.  In both cases, that’s slightly lower than the overall unemployment rate for new college graduates.*

What can you do with an English major?  The better question might be, what do you want to do with your English major?  Here are some of the most common paths followed by English majors, including EIU graduates.

EIU English Alumni Career Profiles



*The overall employment rate for college graduates between 2010 and 2012 ranged from 4.6% to 4.7%, approximately half the rate for people without college degrees.  The full report from the Georgetown Center is available on line: Hard Times 2013:  College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings

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600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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