Possible Job Titles
- Administrative Officer
- Advertising Occupations
- Book Editor
- Book Reviewer
- Bookstore Owner
- Community Relations Worker
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Congressional Aide
- Copy Editor
- Editorial Assistant
- Film Editor
- Foreign Services Information
- Free-Lance Writer
- Information Specialist
- Job Analyst
- Legislative Assistant
- Literary Agent
- Management Occupations
- Medical Secretary
- Network Story Editor
- Newspaper Editor
- Personnel Director
- Personnel Officer
- Public Relations Specialist
- Publishing Occupations
- Radio/TV Coordinator
- Research Assistant
- Speech Writer
- Technical Writer
- Visual Arts Specialist
Writes advertising copy for display in all media: newspaper, magazine,
billboard, packaging, television, radio.
COMPUTER INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER
Writes instructional and tutorial manuals and course materials for internal
and customer training. Works for manufacturers of computer hardware and
software. May require coursework or experience in teaching, as well as some
COMPUTER MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Writes brochures, data sheets, and other marketing materials to promote a
computer product. May include video scripting. Works for manufacturers of
computer hardware and software. Typically requires some technical knowledge.
Writes and edits scripts for broadcast announcers, noting the sequence and
length of each segment and charting the inclusion of commercials. Works for
radio and television producers.
COPY EDITOR/ COPY READER
Edits printed copy for grammatical and stylistic errors. Works in a variety
of settings: book and magazine publishers, newspapers, advertising agencies,
in-house publications of business and agency newsletters and releases.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Writes press releases, speeches, annual reports, and other material to
promote a corporation and its image. Works for all corporations in all fields.
Writes freelance reports for one or more publications. Usually has special
knowledge of the subject or geographic area covered. Works as an independent
Evaluates manuscripts; reviews and edits copy; coordinates photography,
illustrations, and graphics; secures copyrights and permissions to quote
copyrighted material. Works for
EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Writes for and edits an employee newsletter. Works for employers in all
fields. Requires skills in graphic design and layout.
Reviews scripts, checks for factual and technical accuracy, rewrites copy,
assists in creating storyboard representations of scenes. Relevant coursework or
prior experience preferred.
Works for entertainment, documentary, educational, and industrial film
Writes for publications on an assignment basis for a negotiated fee, usually
after submittal of a query letter proposing ideas for articles or stories.
Typically works as an independent contractor.
POLICY AND PROCEDURES ANALYST
Writes manuals on internal operating procedures and policies. Works for
employers in all fields.
Researches story and script ideas; maintains research files on topics and
people, checks stories for accuracy. Works for newspaper, magazine, or book
Writes and rewrites scripts for broadcast media. Entry-level posts are
available in news departments.
Researches story and script ideas for broadcast media. Maintains research
files on topics and people; checks stories for accuracy. Works for radio and
Works and writes for a publication on a regular basis. Usually works under
pressure of deadlines on general assignments before specializing in a particular
area. In addition to newspapers and magazines, employers include corporations
and agencies with in-house newsletters.
SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER
Instructs high school and junior high school students in specialized subject
areas. Most secondary school teachers teach several courses in a single subject
area. Public schools
generally require certification; private schools typically do not.
SPECIAL PROGRAM TEACHERS
Instructs students enrolled in special education programs. Settings (e.g.,
churches, social service agencies) and topics (e.g., vocational training,
preschool Head Start, drug-abuse prevention) vary widely.
TECHNICAL EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Edits and proofreads material prepared by technical writers. Typically
requires less technical expertise than technical writing does. Primarily
employed by high-tech companies.
Researches, writes and edits publications that communicate scientific
technical information to readers with no technical background. Employers include
corporations, professional associations, and government agencies.
USER DOCUMENTATION WRITER
Writes instructional manuals for computer users. Works for manufacturers of
computer hardware and software. May require limited technical background.
Places of Employment
- Advertising departments
- Business corporations
- Literary periodicals
- Colleges & schools
- Magazines and newspapers
- Department stores
- Political action groups
- Educational institutions
- Public relations firms
- Film companies
- Publishing companies
- Research & Development firms
- Radio/TV stations
- Education Department
- Travel agencies
- Government Printing Office
- Library of Congress
Typical Work Activities
- Composing, writing
- Enlightening, guiding
- Working independently
- Acting, performing
- Selecting and training
- Decorating, designing
- Informing, organizing
- Teaching, explaining
- Solving problems
- Leading discussions
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Graduate School In English-Helpful Sites
Interesting facts: Famous English Majors
Compiled by Mississippi State University English Department
As might be expected, a large number of writers hold degrees in English. The
Douglas Adams: SciFi writer; wrote "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
series; Dirk Gently series
Gwendolyn Brooks: poems include "We Real Cool"
Tom Clancy: suspense writer; "Clear and Present Danger "
Allen Ginsberg: Beat Generation poet; poems include "Howl "
Joseph Heller: author of "Catch-22"
David Henry Hwang: author of "Madame Butterfly"
Stephen King: extraordinarily successful and prolific author of horror
fiction; writings range from "Carrie" through "The Green Mile" and "The Stand"
to the short story on which the movie "Stand by Me" is based
Bobbie Ann Mason: short story writer; collections include Shiloh
Arthur Miller: playwright most noted for "Death of a Salesman" and
Toni Morrison: author of "Beloved"
Joyce Carol Oates: prolific author
Philip Roth: esteemed Jewish author
Amy Tan: author of "The Joy Luck Club"
John Updike: most noted for the "Rabbit" books, from "Run, Rabbit,
Run" to "Rabbit at Rest"
Then there are those English majors who have made non-traditional use of
their degrees, including:
Dave Barry--humorist writer, actor
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason--television writer/producer (Designing
Women, Evening Shade)
Carol Browner--former Head of the Environmental Protection Agency
Chevy Chase--comedian, actor, writer
Mario Cuomo--former Governor of New York
John Cuzack -- actor
David Duchovny -- actor
Michael Eisner--Walt Disney CEO (former)
Jodie Foster--actor, filmmaker
Kathryn Fuller--World Wildlife Fund CEO
Cathy Guisewite--cartoonist (Cathy)
Tommy Lee Jones -- actor
Kris Kristofferson -- songwriter, actor
Paul Newman--actor, food entrepreneur
Joe Paterno--football coach (Penn State University)
Diane Sawyer--broadcast journalist
Herb Scannell -- President, Nickolodeon Networks, MTV Networks Group
Paul Simon--songwriter, singer
Marty Schottenheimer--Coach of San Diego Chargers
Christopher Reeve--late actor, activist for the disabled
Clarence Thomas--U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Emma Thompson -- actor
Grant Tinker--TV Executive and Producer
Harold Varmus--Nobel laureate in medicine, former Director of National
Institutes of Health
Barbara Walters--broadcast journalist
Pete Wilson--former Governor of California
Bob Woodward--journalist, wrote All the President's Men
Renee Zellweger -- actress