How valuable is effective writing? Careers for writers and editors are expected to increase in the coming years, both nationally and in the state of Texas. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2014, there will be 17 percent more jobs for writers and editors (including technical writers) than there were in 2004.
Most professionals spend 40 percent of their time writing; moreover, professionals who write well can earn 30 percent more money than their colleagues with weaker writing skills. (Business Communication 8)
Therefore, regardless of your ultimate career choice, you will be more successful with strong communication skills. So, be smart — increase you chances for success.
Choose a concentration in either rhetoric/composition or creative writing.
"Writing is an exploration; you start with nothing and learn as you go."
—E. L. Doctorow
Do you enjoy reading and discussing literature? Consider majoring in English with a literature concentration. In addition to providing an enjoyable experience, your degree will prepare you for a variety of professional careers or graduate schools options.
Our graduates have gone on to graduate degrees in law, ministry, business, library science and a variety of other disciplines. Others have gained recognition in positions as varied as museum associates, writers, political leaders and public relations specialists. A degree in English prepares the mind, so you have a plethora of options.
"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man."
— Sir Francis Bacon
Have you always wanted to teach? We now offer you the option to earn a degree in English with certification. Plus, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for English teachers will increase 17 percent by 2014, so prepare for one those exciting jobs. Together with the School of Education, we have developed a wonderful program that allows you to graduate with your degree in English, ready to teach. Full-time students can complete this fantastic degree in just four years.
"An emblem yields to friends and enemies
How the bold teacher's doctrine, sanctified
By truth, shall spread, throughout the world."
— William Wordsworth