Great news! The number of English majors seems to be rising at Metro State University and around the nation at institutions such as Washington University and Berkeley.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ forecast supports this trend. According to the their Occupational Outlook Handbook, these Englishy careers are projecting growth in the coming decade:
- Postsecondary teachers: 12% growth
- Lawyers: 10% growth
- Managers: 6 % growth
- Secondary teachers: 5% growth
- K-12 education admins: 5% growth
- Elementary teachers: 4% growth
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: English, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/english/english-field-of-degree.htm (visited January 31, 2023).
The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts modest growth in writing and media focused careers, as well:
- Media and communication: 5% growth
- Total, all writer/author occupations: 5% growth
- Writers and authors: 4% growth
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Writers and Authors, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/writers-and-authors.htm (visited January 25, 2023).
Finally, the OOH predicts moderate growth in public relations:
- Public relations specialist: 8% growth
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Public Relations Specialists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/public-relations-specialists.htm (visited January 18, 2023)
It’s a great time to be an English major!
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