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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Why Study a Foreign Language?

The following are just a few of many sites devoted to showing you how your new language can be useful in your education and career, or otherwise improve your life:

Famous English Majors

The English Department at Mississippi State University has compiled a list of famous English majors who pursued "non-traditional" careers for English majors. See anyone you know?
  • Alan Alda--actor, writer
  • Russell Baker--journalist
  • Dave Barry--humorist,writer, actor
  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason--television writer/producer (Designing Women, Evening Shade)
  • Carol Browner--Head of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chevy Chase--comedian, actor, writer
  • Mario Cuomo--Governor of New York
  • Michael Eisner--Walt Disney CEO
  • Donald Regan--former president of Merrill Lynch, Secretary of the Treasury
  • Jodi Foster--actress, filmmaker
  • Kathryn Fuller--World Wildlife Fund CEO
  • A. Bartlett Giamatti--President, Yale University and Commissioner of Baseball
  • Cathy Guisewite--cartoonist (Cathy)
  • Chris Isaak--songwriter, singer
  • Stephen King--novelist
  • Paul Newman--actor, food entrepreneur
  • Joe Paterno--football coach (Penn State)
  • Sally Ride--astronaut
  • Joan Rivers--comedienne
  • Diane Sawyer--broadcast journalist
  • Paul Simon--songwriter, singer
  • Steven Spielberg--filmmaker
  • Marty Shottenheimer--Coach of Kansas City Chiefs
  • Christopher Reeve--journalist, lobbyist for disabled rights, superhero (Superhero)
  • Brandon Tartikoff--television executive
  • Clarence Thomas--U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Grant Tinker--TV Executive and Producer
  • Harold Varmus--Nobel laureate in medicine, Director of National Institutes of Health
  • Barbara Walters--broadcast journalist
  • Sigourney Weaver--actress
  • Pete Wilson--Governor of California
  • Bob Woodward--journalist (All the President's Men)

Examples of Non-Teaching Occupations

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Campaign Manager
  • Claims Examiner
  • Copy Writer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Critic
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Education Director
  • Fact Checker
  • Fundraiser
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Trainee
  • Marketing/Sales Manager
  • Media Buyer
  • Personnel Trainee
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher/Writer
  • Sales Representative
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator