FiveThirtyEight | As More Attend College, Majors Become More Career-Focused

Nate Silver’s post on increasingly career-centered college majors makes a lot of sense: he defines the trend as a function of that many more people going to college now. I’d only take issue with his conclusion about being wary about becoming an English major. He has a point there too, but English majors score the highest on the analytical portion of the GRE historically (even higher than Physics majors), and have a mid-career income slightly higher than those with a B.A. in Business.

That’s not to say he doesn’t have a point about English majors at all, though. My advice: if you’re going to major in English, minor in a clearly marketable skill such as computer science, marketing, public relations, etc., and definitely get an internship. It’s not that you can’t do anything walking in to a new workplace. With an English major, especially if you were a good one, you will be one of the most capable employees on the job. It’s just that your employers don’t know what you can do, and you may not either.

FiveThirtyEight | As More Attend College, Majors Become More Career-Focused.

Published by James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock/Women in Romanticism (in development), David Bowie and Romanticism (forthcoming 2022), Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)), Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019), Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at for details.

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