Career Paths

There are numerous careers that the English and Professional Writing degree might prepare you for.

The book publishing industry employs people with a variety of talents. Manuscript editors need to have highly developed copyediting and substantive editing skills; production managers should be skilled in design, typesetting protocols, and project management and should be conversant with the latest developments in printing and computer technology; marketing managers benefit from training in advertising, publicity, public relations, sales, price theory, consumer relations, sampling and focus group management; and business managers usually have backgrounds in accounting, administration, distribution and logistics, copyright law, etc. Students may also entertain careers as book agents, translators, or writers.

Businesses, government agencies, and not-for-profit entities all require people who can design and write pamphlets, brochures, instruction manuals, technical reports, advertising copy, internal and external newsletters, and blogs. They also need public relations specialists, speechwriters, translators, and technical writers.

Like the book publishing industry, the periodical publishing industry needs editors, production managers, advertising managers, and business managers, with the appropriate skills. But the periodical industry also employs writers and journalists. Generally (except in the area of elementary and high school textbook publishing), book publishers do not employ authors. However, a periodical's writing staff is an important part of its organization. Of course, there are freelance periodical writers, photographers, illustrators and journalists, but all of these may be employed directly by the periodical as well.