Employers in all fields want to hire people who can work independently, exercise creativity, think analytically, and communicate clearly. Studying English at AUM, you’ll satisfy your passion for literature; encounter centuries of individual and global perspectives; and cultivate sharp, incisive writing and reasoning skills. English majors go on to rewarding careers as educators, journalists, editors, lawyers, business consultants, public relations specialists, television producers, and more. Internships with local advertising agencies, online and print publications and other businesses will give you valuable real-world experience.
Points of Pride
- AUM English majors have undertaken internships in writing and editing, leading to full-time employment in such well-known organizations as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New South Publishing and United Business Media.
- The Department is especially successful in working with students to get them in print in off-campus publications with national and even international reach.
- AUM English majors have ample opportunity to work with faculty editing or contributing to scholarly articles and books.
Put Your Degree to Work
Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.
An English degree will equip you for numerous fulfilling careers. Jobs in media and communications are projected to grow by four percent from 2014 to 2024, which means that some 27,400 new jobs will be created. This growth will be fueled by the demand for information by television, radio, the internet, and traditional publishing. The most recent median annual wage for media and communications occupations was $52,370 — higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.