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Examples of what you can do with a Literature Degree

  • TEACHING - There is a wealth of opportunities in the teaching profession. You could teach elementary, secondary or in higher education.
  • COMMUNICATIONS - Copy Editor/Proofreader: Editing and proofreading articles to ensure information is represented accurate; Assistant Editor: Edit publications. Provide research support and maintain accuracy of information; News Reporter:Writing news reports or articles for print or broadcast; Production Assistant: With additional experience in video field, write and develop story boards and scripts, video editing, etc.; Programming Assistant: Research, write, and edit scripts for radio, news and feature programs;  Translator: Translating written documents from one language to another); Interpreter: Translation of conversations from one language to another
  • MARKET RESEARCH - Junior Research Analyst: Conduct interviews with consumers and create reports from data to analyze results; Marketing Writer: Technical writing to include brochures and product information sheets; Marketing Creative Assistant: Assist in the design, writing and production of promotional pieces for magazines. Must edit and proofread in creating and executing special events; Marketing Assistant: Preparing press releases and promotional letters, assisting sales representatives in a variety of duties related to seminars and trade shows; Marketing Associate: Create presentations, reports and promotional materials for clients. Provide assistance and business analysis to clients as well as identifying competitive issues and researching the market.
  • ADVERTISING - Copywriter: Creating, editing, and producing publications including newsletters, ads, brochures, marketing kits, direct response, and scripts for videos and internet; Assistant Account Executive:: Assist in coordinating all aspects of advertising campaign. Analyze client goals and identify ads and ad campaigns to meet these goals. Manage development and presentation of ads.
  • RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT - Research Analyst: Research and writing. Gather, update, verify, and enhance in-house database of financial/technical information; Grant Writing: Research and write grants for public or non-profit organizations.
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS - Public Relations Specialist: Assist in determining public relations goals and coordinate activities to meet them. Supervise the use of the organization's name and logo. Develop and maintain positive corporate image with the media. Serve as liaison between press and management. Prepare press releases. Write speeches and develop presentations. Write and edit newsletters and other internal communications; Public Relations Assistant: Research, writing copy for corporate publications. Coordinate seminars and public events. Capture corporate vision and communicate it to the media; Speech Writer: Write researched, rhetorically interesting speeches and presentations. Research and compose video scripts, bylined articles, and presentations to senior management. Assist in conceptualization and composition of annual report; Internal Communications: Assist in the design and implement internal communications programs. Create, plan, and implement marketing and PR strategies directed at internal and external audiences; Public Affairs Representative: Develop and coordinate community events, providing organizational and administrative support. Serve as corporate spokesperson. Interface with media. Write and edit corporate newsletters, speeches, and press releases. Manage corporate philanthropy program; Public Affairs - Community Relations: Support and contribute to public relations and marketing efforts in community. Support public events.
  • INFORMATION RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - Documentation Specialist: Write and edit user manuals, product information bulletins, and product assembly guides. Participate in systems specification and design. Produce promotional material and advertising copy.
  • LEGAL SERVICES - Paralegal: Draft contracts and agreements; provide litigation support. Perform research and background searches. Create and maintain databases.

Did you know?

The study of literature has long been considered an ideal preparation for law school.

According to Harvard Alumni Magazine, literature majors outnumber Biology majors for admittance to medical schools in the United States.

Tech industries are eager to find employees with well developed writing skills and cultural knowledge, not just for jobs in editing and program writing, but for creative tasks such as website production.

The business world and international corporations actively recruit students with a specialty in another language.
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Careers in Literature

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