It may seem horrific for an English major to be unable to use metaphors, descriptive language, or character development, but some people enjoy just writing the facts. Technical writing is just that: being able to describe something in a clear and concise manner.
Technical writers are employed by almost every company that needs brochures, company descriptions, and basic company materials. They essentially work to make sure that the company they are writing for maintains professional in its publications. Technical writers also gather photographs, arrange and edit materials for publishing, confer with co-workers and customers in order to successfully publish the material.
It may be surprising, but the majority of their day is spent learning and educating themselves in the topic they are writing about. If they are incorrect in any way the company is in trouble. Writing is a small portion of their duties, because they first have to find what to write about and then actually publish it, while working with many departments and people to get it done.
This is a career that can be found anywhere and any place. If writing is your thing and enjoy learning and getting information across concisely, this may be the job for you!
I think every book lover dreams of the library from Beauty and the Beast, and envies Matilda for dragging that wagon full of books home from the library. So, essentially, being a librarian is a dream career for most English majors.
However, librarians are more than just the elderly, cranky women who tell you to “shhh” for turning a page too loudly (although, at the library I work, all the librarians are extremely nice!)
Librarians need to be able to search databases and be well versed in the layout of the institution. Many people don’t understand that a library is a business, too. They need to budget, plan, maintain their materials, operate as the “book police” to make sure patrons return the books, and maintain the library as a building, business, and public space.
Without librarians, the free sharing of books, reference materials, and databases would be impossible!
If you love surrounding yourself with books, people, and knowledge, a job in library science is a great place for you!