A Career in English-Really?

Absolutely.  There are only three considerations when choosing a major as you think now about life after college.  Some folks have a great paying job they hate. Others love their job but have to put up with low pay.  In today’s volatile job market, nothing is a guarantee, but if you enjoy writing, reading, researching, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, processing and synthesizing information, an English degree could be the key to your success, the sweet spot in the center of all three.

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Let's try a real time experiment.  Go to www.indeed.com.  Punch in the city where you'd like to live one day and terms like "writer" "technical writer" "creative writer" into the search box.  Consider the experiences and skills those employers are looking for.  If you're in high school reading this, you have years to develope those, and Ship is a great place to do it.

And don't forget, Ship has degree options in literature and teaching English.

Below you'll find other information and links to articles about the value of a English degree in today's marketplace.

Won't I Just Be Eating Ramen Noodles?

It’s true that those with English degrees don’t necessarily have a predetermined career path, but this means they have more flexibility and broader opportunities to apply their skills in many fields.  These figures from payscale.com suggest the value of those talents in the marketplace.


Major                                                         Early Career              Mid-Career

English Literature                                         44,500                       80,800

Creative Writing                                            41,700                       70,100

Professional & Technical Writing               45,100                       78,100

Criminal Justice                                             43,000                      65,900

Nursing                                                           60,900                      79,600

Business & Marketing                                   47,000                      92,100

Advertising & Graphic Design                    44,000                      69,900

Journalism                                                      42,500                      77,100

Applied Computer Science                         58,900                      87,100

Political Science                                            46,900                      89,000

Ship English Students Go on To Do Great Things



Ship alumni are shaping young minds from Camp Hill to Poland to China! Here’s a small sample of the many places lucky enough to secure our English grads:


Camp Hill Middle School                             South Allegheny School District

Greencastle-Antrim School District            Big Spring School District

Carlisle Area School District                        Mechanicsburg Area School District

York Suburban School District                    York City School District

Shalom Christian Academy                          Shippensburg Area School District

West Perry School District                            Susquenita School District

Susquehanna Township School District

Boonsboro Middle School in Washington County, Maryland

Chambersburg North Middle School

Achievers Early College Prep Charter School in Trenton, NJ,

Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School, Harrisburg


Graduate School

Some of our students have gone on to graduate studies in literature and creative writing at some of the best schools in the country, including:


University of Nevada at Las Vegas               UMass at Amherst

Boston University                                           Queens College of Charlotte

NeoMFA at Cleveland State University       New School in NYC

University of Penn                                          Rosemont University

University of Arizona                                     University of Glasgow

Cabrini University                                          Butler University

Chatham University

Professional World

Others put their skills to use in a variety of creative roles, among them:


Editor of Amish Romance Novels at Scribe Publishing

Associate Editor at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 

Social Media Manager for EZMarketing in Lebanon, PA

Business Development Manager at H&H Chevy (advertising/marketing)

Technical Writer for Volvo in Shippensburg

Technical Writer/Proposal Specialist for BlueWater Federal Solutions

Senior Document Specialist/Proofreader at EchoStar

Online PR Specialist at Webpage FX

Director of Communications for Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education 

at Shippensburg University

We can't guarantee the exact shape of your success after graduation, but opportunties are seized by those who seek them.  

There is an inherent value in writing that needs no justification.  Still, if you're looking for evidence that the business world values the skills of a writer, check out these articles: