Undergraduate Job Paths

Humanities and liberal arts majors: 91% employment after graduation

Computer and math majors: 90.9% employment after graduation

Political science majors: 88.9% employment after graduation

Social science majors: 88.7% employment after graduation

Economics majors: 88.6% employment after graduation

Score one for the lit nerds.

Jordan Weissmann  |  Writer for The Atlantic

Return on Investment: Common jobs held by English majors



Median Salary: $78,000

ROI of Degree Earner: 122%


Median Salary: $88,000

ROI of Degree Earner: 139%


Median Salary: $79,000

ROI of Degree Earner: 125%


Value of English Degrees

Spines of books faculty publications

What good is a degree in English? What areĀ  you supposed to do with it? Plenty, it turns out. If you’re on the fence about becoming an English major or minor, or if you find yourself having to make the case to someone who is skeptical about your prospects after graduation (even if that someone’s yourself) consider the varied career path that students find:

Advertising Copywriter; Researcher; Correspondent; Grant Writer; Reporter; Staff Writer; Film Researcher; Policy Analyst; Technical Writer; Computer Marketer; Business Specialist; Legislative Aide; Educational Researcher; Environmental Communications Specialist; Editorial Assistant; Lawyer; Freelance Writer; Computer Instructional Designer; Historian; Market Research Assistant; Counselor; Librarian; Teacher; Foreign Service Officer; Public Relations Specialist; Labor Relations Specialist; Nonprofit Director