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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


English is a broad and integrated field where reading and writing intersect, and issues in critical thinking come into play.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Communication - Writing skills, adapting to genre and audience; High proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking; Good listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills; Knowledge of the structure and functioning of language

Research - Textual analysis and interpretation; Analytical and critical literature comprehension and review; Conduct and clearly explain research results; Skills in seeing patterns in written material; Interdisciplinary methodology and perspective

Organization - Capacity to make critical observations and appropriate decisions; Organizational skill and time management skills

Critical thinking - Awareness of how language conditions not only what we think but how we think; Skill in applying a complex set of criteria in order to make an evaluation

Analytical - Analyze written material and extract salient points; Understanding of the nature of literature and of the various currents in literary criticism; Knowledge of genres, authors, periods, and critical approaches; Read material articulately and analytically;

Creative thinking - Original and Creative Development of Ideas;

Cultural Literature Perspective - Awareness of the role of language in transmitting culture; Exposure to different cultural environments

Rhetorical skills - Public speaking and persuasive arguments; Audience specific and target presentation skills

Editing skills - Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary

Computer skills - Word processing, editing and design software


Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Academic/Career Advisor
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Announcer
  • Archivist
  • Assignment Editor
  • Book Editor
  • Circulation Assistant
  • Columnist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Affairs Director
  • Copy Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Correspondent
  • Creative Writer
  • Crossword Puzzle Maker
  • Dictionary Editor
  • Document Specialist
  • Editor
  • English as a Second Language Instructor
  • Film Production Assistant
  • Instructional Designer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Journalist/Reporter
  • Librarian*
  • Lyricist
  • Media Specialist
  • Medical Writer
  • Narrator
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Producer
  • Production Supervisor
  • Proof Reader
  • Proposal Writer
  • Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Public Relations Writer
  • Public Speaker
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Terminologist
  • Translator
  • Teacher/Instructor
  • Technical Communicator
  • Technical Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Tutor
  • Web Site Designer
  • Writer

Potential Industries

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Archives and Libraries
  • Business and Professional Services
  • Communications
  • Culture and Recreation
  • Education
  • Government
  • Handbooks and Manuals
  • Health and Medical Care
  • Magazines
  • Media
  • Museums & Heritage
  • Newspapers
  • Non-Profits & NGOs
  • Post-Secondary
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing (Firms & Houses)
  • Research & Development
  • Theatres
  • Telecommunications
  • Television Networks
  • University Presses
  • Web Design & Content Management

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Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Arts Students' Centre
Social Sciences Building, SS102
T: 403.220-6318

Clubs on Campus: 

Scribe and Muse Reading and Writing Club

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020