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Careers in English

Quick! What Can You Do With a Degree in English?

If you said teach, you're right … and wrong!

You're right in that English offers the most teaching jobs at almost every school — from grade school on up through college.

You're wrong in that the most popular career field for English majors is… business.

Surprised? Check out these other English career facts:

  • According to a recent survey of attorneys nationwide, an English major beats out all the sciences and social sciences — even political science — as the best preparation for law school.
  • An English major is the ideal preparation for administration or management in fields such as health care, law, or insurance, fields USA Today calls most “resistant to economic downturns.”
  • English is a preferred non-science major for medical schools.

Prepare for a 21st-Century Economy: Major in English!

Jobs in the new economy include salaried positions with

  • Newspapers, magazines, and book publishers
  • Computer software firms (technical writing)
  • Educational facilities
  • Advertising agencies
  • Radio and television broadcasting studios
  • Public relations firms
  • Business and nonprofit organizations, such as professional associations, labor unions, and religious organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Motion picture companies

SUNY Plattsburgh Career Development Center

Our Career Development Center provides services, resources, and programs designed to help students and alumni to better understand the career development process, and to enhance their professional preparation and employability.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about English programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Genie Babb, Chair

Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D. Brown University
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 203
Phone: (518) 564-5230
Email: gbabb001@plattsburgh.edu