Social sciences have become wildly popular with western students in the past decade. With a downturn in the economy, most wonder whether they will be forced to work in positions they do not appreciate. English majors are particularly worried about becoming an English teacher or ending up writing articles in general.

However, a recent Career Say article offers career paths for English majors that might not be as dour as some make it out to be. English majors do not have to resign themselves to becoming a teacher or a writer. Instead, they can often make fabulous journalists or editors. In some cases, they even make amazing film makers, foreign translators, and even news reporters. Anyone graduating from college with a degree in English or any other social science should not be dismayed by the lack of job opportunities. One only has to look hard enough to find them.
不过职业规划网站Career Say最近发表的一篇文章为英语专业的学生提供了一些职业道路,好像不像有些人想象的那么沉闷。英语专业的学生没有必要去当老师或者写手,他们也可以成为很好的文字记者或者编辑。在某些情况下,他们甚至可以成为很棒的电影导演、外语翻译、甚至新闻采访记者。那些在大学里学习英语专业或其他社会科学专业的学生,都不应该因为缺少工作机会而感到沮丧,而是应该努力去找到工作。

I’m writing this article because I’m an English major.

You might be thinking one of two things; that I’m an English major with a career in article writing, or I’m an article writer among other things because I’m an English major.

I am sincerely glad to say that the second premise is actually true. A graduate of Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in English, being a formal English teacher was not my first choice in career paths. (If you’re wondering, it’s actually Psychology.) Little did I realize how versatile this specialization is and how many career options it would present me.

Even for a graduate of my course, (which has limited major units unlike a pure AB English degree) the possibilities are numerous. The amount and variety of jobs for English majors are hardly disappointing and present many opportunities for different skills to be utilized.

If you’re wondering just how many English major career options are there after graduation, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides a list of a few examples of career opportunities for English Majors. Below are some examples:

Author 作家
Bookstore manager 书店老板
Columnist 专栏作家
Court Reporter 法院书记官
Creative Writing 创意写作者
Critic 评论家
Customer Service Representative 客户服务代表
Drama 戏剧类职业
Editor (assignment, book, copy, dictionary…) 编辑 (功课、书、副本、字典等)
Educational Researcher 教育研究者
Environmental Planner 环境规划师
Filmmaker 电影导演
Foreign Service 涉外服务
Interpreter/Translator 口译员/笔译员
Journalist 文字记者
Librarian 图书管理员
Musician/Composer 音乐家/作曲家
Narrator 解说员
News Reporter 新闻记者
Proofreader 校对员
Research Analyst 研究分析员
Secondary School Teacher 中学老师
Singer/Songwriter 歌手/歌曲作家
Social Worker 社会工作者
Teaching (all levels) 教师(各个层面的)
Writer: Technical, Speech, Freelance 作家:科技类、演讲类、自由写作者

Many of these career options are already familiar, but some may surprise graduates. Being in the foreign service or the entertainment industry would not probably be the first career option to cross the mind of most English majors. Most of these career options require additional training and certification, but a degree and specialization in English would definitely command an advantage.

Careers for English classifies these career options in three categories:

Teaching Careers 教师类
Writing Careers 写作类
Social Work 社会工作类

This is not an official categorization, but it gives a good overview of the many English Major career options at a glance.

A degree or major in English is simply a tool, not a set of rules. There are no black-and-white lines carved in stone to limit an English Major graduate with an open mind. I’ve taught English in an international curriculum, written short stories and a screenplay treatment, worked as an environmental journalist, and published articles online. Each opportunity taught me something and expanded my world a little more while giving me the chance to realize my potential and skills.

With the abundance of jobs for English Majors, there’s only one factor to limit a person: himself or herself.