The English major prepares students for graduate school in English, but it is also a good major for students entering graduate programs in law, journalism, education, publishing, comparative literature, and several other disciplines.
English majors pursue careers as college professors, publishers, journalists, secondary school teachers, and creative writers, but also as legislators, foreign service specialists, speech writers, public relations specialists, systems analysts, advertisers, grant writers, and entrepreneurs, among other professions.
Penn State's What can I do with this major/degree? page has job descriptions and links for English majors.
Business leaders consistently rank communication and analytical skills as among the most important qualities for college graduates to possess.
For students who wish to work and travel abroad after graduation, the major can lead to jobs teaching English in other countries where students develop language skills that will further propel their careers.