Trending Job Sectors: advertising/public relations; content strategy and communications; corporate recruitment and training; counseling; education; law; medicine and public health; speech writing; and tech. New trends and new research are debunking the myth that the liberal arts are a career dead-end. While the US has made tremendous (and fruitful) investments in growing STEM education at all levels, graduates from the arts and humanities are critical to ensure our society and economy grow broadly. And there are good jobs available to them:

  • 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.”

Examples of three jobs liberal arts majors are qualified for: speech writer, communications manager, and web content manager.
“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

The Department of English is committed to helping you find a fulfilling career. When you officially enter the English major (by taking EH 301: Reading, Writing, and Research for English Majors), you will be asked to explore career possibilities, draft an academic plan that aligns with your career goals, and consult one-on-one with departmental advisors. As you finish the major, you will develop professional materials and practice representing yourself to outside audiences (such as employers and graduate school admissions officers). As an English major, you’re acquiring proficiencies that will serve you well in any career. Visit the UAB English Career Forum for career advice from English graduates and resources to explore possible careers.

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.

Hire A Blazer. 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. Other online resources for English majors include:

  • Dear English Major: A community forum "dedicated to showing English majors all that is possible with an English degree." Includes advice to job seekers and many interviews with English majors working in various career fields.
  • LinkedIn: A networking site for job-seekers and professionals. Track down over a thousand former UAB English majors by clicking "Connections," then "Find Alumni" (under "What they studied," enter English in the search box); find alumni who are doing what you want to do, and ask their advice.