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English Studies

English studies is the study of diverse texts and examining the impact of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and ability on the production and reception of texts. This requires critical and creative reading, thinking, and writing skill abilities. Scholars in this field acquire, analyze, evaluate, and communicate knowledge in multiple mediums.

Top NACE* Employability Skills of focus in this degree program

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism and Work Ethic
  • Career Management

Local Job Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition projects higher than average job growth in 2012-2022 in many fields that traditionally hire English majors, including technical writing (10 percent increase in job openings), public relations (11 percent), training and development (12 percent), fundraising (15.5 percent), and market research (20 percent). Additional in-demand occupations in Ohio for which graduates with a BA in English Studies might choose include Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists, with an average wage of $26.84 an hour and Sales Representative, with an average wage of $32.32.

The 2010-2020 Ohio Employment Projections notes growth in areas that hire English Studies majors, such as Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists ($61,210), Sales Representatives (average annual wage of $56,780 to $75,420), and Technical Writers ($56,930). The Snapshot of Occupational Projections identifies Management Analysts as a high-growth, high-wage occupation in Ohio with more than 3360 openings in this time period (2012-2022). The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook identifies English as a common field of study for those in this profession. The 2012 median pay for this field was $78,600 per year.

Graduates with this degree are qualified for careers such as:

  • Editorial Assistant
  • Contract Specialist
  • Paper and Digital Publishing
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Journalism and Media (production, editing, review, promotion)
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related areas