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Our Placement Record for English majors

Top Industries of English Alums. Education 41.8%; Software, Tech, & Internet 21.3%; Publishing 9%; Broadcast Media & Telecommunications 8.2%; Non-Profit 7.4%; Financial Services 6.6%; Advertising & Marketing 5.7%

Between 2017-2022, the top seven industries of UMass English alums were Education (41.8%), Software, Tech, and Internet (21.3%), Publishing (9%), Broadcast Media and Telecommunications (8.2%), Non-Profit (7.4%), Financial Services (6.6%), and Advertising and Marketing (5.7%).

Organizations where our alums work include: Amazon, Atlassian, Bloomberg LP, Cengage Group, Commonwealth Financial Network, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Mass Audubon, The MIT Press, Massachusetts General Hospital, PBS, Pearson, Better Business Bureau of Central New England, Wentworth Institute of Technology, PeoplesBank, Yale University Press, Girl Scouts, City Year, INCLUDAS Publishing, American Humanist Association, Red Hat, Literacy First, Flower Bomb Media, The Center for Arts at the Armory, Mass General Brigham, University of Strasbourg, and Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Our majors pursue careers in a wide variety of fields.

Although a good number of our students choose the English major to help them prepare for careers in teaching or education, the majority of students pursue a wide range of occupations:

  • Education: 41.8%
    Job titles in this category include: Teacher, Supervisor of Technical Project Management, Associate Director of Experimental Learning, Language Assistant, School Adjustment Counselor, Admission Coordinator, Special Education Paraprofessional, Library Technician, Public Relations Communications Coordinator, Development Associate, Academic Coordinator
  • Software, Tech, and Internet: 21.3%
    Job titles in this category include: Content Designer, Business Development Expert, Corporate Account Executive, Senior Technical Writer, Proposal Writer, Associate Site Editor, Information Developer
  • Publishing: 9%
    Job titles in this category include: Production Coordinator, Marketing Assistant, Assistant Editor, Sales Assistant
  • Broadcast Media and Telecommunications: 8.2%
    Job titles in this category include: Television News Producer, Editor, National News Desk Writer
  • Non-Profit: 7.4%
    Job titles in this category include: Organizing Director, Business Development Representative
  • Financial Services: 6.6%
    Job titles in this category include: Technical Writer of User Experience (UX), Operational Support Specialist, Senior Account Director, Recruiting Coordinator
  • Advertising and Marketing: 5.7%
    Job titles in this category include: Copywriter, Content Specialist, Graphic Designer, Campaign Coordinator

English majors also go on to advanced degrees.

Our majors are leaders who are curious about the world, and they are constantly adapting.

The English major provides an excellent grounding for students who wish to pursue graduate work, and many of our majors go on to earn advanced degrees. With these degrees, they advance in their current career paths or gain entry to specialized professions. Their programs of study range from law to social work to digital information design/UX. English alums have also gone on to earn MEds or MAs in teaching, MLIS (library science), Masters degrees in creative writing, and MAs in publishing.

Students recently graduated from our major have pursued degrees at the following institutions: Columbia University, Penn State, Sufolk University, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Brunel University London, Université de Bordeaux, Simmons University, Smith College, University of San Diego, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rutgers University, Bentley University, Boston College, UMass Boston, Emerson College, George Washington University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Brandeis University, George Mason University, University of Washington, and UMass Amherst.

Career Support for Our Majors

We are keenly aware of the challenges of today's job market, and we provide our majors with support they need to succeed. Learn more about how we prepare students for their careers.