Department of English

Careers in English

Career Options

Majoring in English gives you a huge range of career options. As an English major, you will acquire skills in writing, critical thinking, research, and analysis that are highly marketable in the workforce. Many English majors become teachers, journalists, business and technical writers, actors, librarians, or lawyers, while others work in print or web publishing and many other fields.

Visit the UMass Lowell Career Services and Cooperative Education Center and click on "What can I do with this major?" for an extensive list of career options for English majors.

Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for information on job opportunities.

Take advantage of internships, practica, and experiential learning through the English Department. See the Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities (doc).

Read one (or all) of the following books:

  • "I'm an English Major - Now What?" by Timothy Lemire
  • "What Can I Do with a Major in English: Real people. Real jobs. Real rewards." by Shelley O'Hara
  • "Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career" by Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald.

Elementary and Secondary Teaching

For English majors interested in elementary or secondary school teaching, UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education's Fast Track Program provides the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in a total of five years. For more information, contact Dr. Vera Ossen in the Graduate School of Education.

Graduate School

As you think about graduate school and explore your career options, consult your advisor and the UMass Lowell Career Services and Cooperative Education Center for valuable information. Following is another UMass Lowell resource: