- Manufacturers need employees with cultural competency and language skills as more and more products are being built and assembled all over the world.
- Insurance companies, real estate and investment firms, and banks need people who can explain their increasingly complex products and services.
- Healthcare organizations need people who can listen to patients and their caregivers, analyze information, and develop new ways to communicate.
Even tech firms are suddenly scrambling for graduates who can communicate, problem solve, and market the products. According to Forbes Magazine, “throughout the major US tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley, or Seattle, Boston, or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger. Engineers may still command the biggest salaries, but at disruptive juggernauts such as Facebook and Uber, the war for talent has moved to nontechnical jobs, particularly sales and marketing.”
“Employers tell us every day that they need people who can communicate, who can think critically, and who can problem solve. They're looking for blended skills—people who can deal with more complexity.” — Elizabeth Simmons, Assistant Director in Career and Professional Development
“I switched from a pre-med psychology track to an English degree and ultimately found that the soft skills I had been developing throughout my undergraduate degree could apply to a number of different fields—particularly digital media and content strategy, which is where I found my post-college job.” — Brodie Foster, Digital Media Developer
We're Here to Help
Visit the UAB English Career Forum for career advice from English graduates!
To talk about professional opportunities in English, make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Danny Siegel. You can email or call (205) 934-8574.
Career and Professional Development Services has job and internship listings, job fairs, resume builders, and many more resources for UAB students. We recommend that you take advantage of all that they have to offer.