Over the years, I have heard many people say “English is a useless degree,” but I strongly disagree. The language we speak, the movies we watch, the books that we read, the programs we use, the manuals we use, the lyrics we hear, and many other things are tied to English and English Majors. We are a large part of the Entertainment, Web, Engineering, Publishing, and Marketing Industries.
People with creative writing degrees can go on to be authors, but they can also pursue careers as:
-And Publishing/Literary Agents
People with literary studies degrees can go on to be:
-And Literary Critics
People with Technical Writing degrees can pursue careers in:
-Video game interface design and documentation
-Social Media Management
-And Public Relations.
These positions, of course, or only the tip of the iceberg and there are many more positions in marketing, research, law, and engineering firms that are available to people with an English degree. It is also common for people of one emphasis to find jobs in another.
So, the next time somebody tells you that an English degree is “useless” or a “waste of time,” let them know that an English degree is a versatile degree with, 50+ career fields and a yearly salary that can range from $60K to $130K per year in the U.S.–sometimes more in foreign countries.
I’m a recent graduate of Utah State University, I have an English degree with a Professional and Technical Writing Emphasis, and I believe that English degrees are useful. What do you think?