English majors provide marketable skills

Story by Mykaela Cross, Assistant Editor

Many people believe it’s nearly impossible for an English major to find a stable career after college, but they are simply misinformed.

Some believe the only option is to become a teacher, which brings in limited income. There are actually a plethora of career choices for English majors. The job market is currently searching for what people like Thursday Bram, a professional writer who has her own credited blog thursdaybram.com, calls the “new geek.”

Bram argues that becoming an English major makes finding careers in today’s top job markets, such as technology and entertainment, much easier because of the demand for writers, and it also opens the door to many other careers.

One simply has to type “benefits of becoming an English major” into Google to see the vast number of people who would inform the public of the benefits that come with majoring in English.

Not only does having an English major open doors to a variety of career paths, it can also be the path to fame and riches.

Stars of the big screen like Matt Damon, James Franco, Reese Witherspoon and Renee Zellweger all majored in English. Classic writer and director Steven Spielberg, previous presidential candidate Mitt Romney and talk show host Conan O’Brien chose to do the same.

The evolution of entertainment and technology and the money that comes with those careers will continue to draw employers to English majors because of their creative skill and talent with words.

If you ask me, as long as human beings speak and think creatively, there will be a need for English majors to keep language alive.