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Area of Study

English

Overview

A Degree with Designation in Professional Writing and Communication serves many careers. The degree is of value to students who desire to teach English, write technical manuals, do web design, or produce marketing copy.

Learning how to think is vital for any career. Northeastern's English courses focus on argument and critical thinking. They teach students how to survive in the information jungle. They also teach students to present themselves in writing and debate wisely and fairly. Students learn how to use language with power and skill.

A Degree with Designation in Professional Writing and Communication serves many careers. The degree is of value to students who desire to teach English, write technical manuals, do web design, or produce marketing copy. Other options include writing novels, poetry, music, plays, or film scripts.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Both part-time and full-time postsecondary teachers are included in this projection.

The number of people attending postsecondary institutions is expected to grow in the next decade. Students will continue to seek higher education to gain the additional education and skills necessary to meet their career goals. As more people enter colleges and universities, more postsecondary teachers will be needed to serve these additional students. Colleges and universities are likely to hire more part-time teachers to meet this demand. In all disciplines, there is expected to be a limited number of full-time nontenure and full-time tenure positions.

However, despite expected increases in enrollment, employment growth in public colleges and universities will depend on state and local government budgets. If budgets for higher education are reduced, employment growth may be limited.

Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to increase, but it will vary by field. For example, employment of health specialties teachers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As an aging population increasingly demands healthcare services, additional postsecondary teachers are expected to be needed to help educate the workers who will provide these services.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers, but employment growth will vary by region.

Employment growth for public high school teachers may depend on state and local government budgets. If state and local governments experience budget deficits, school boards may lay off employees, including teachers. As a result, employment growth of high school teachers may be reduced by state and local government budget deficits. Conversely, budget surpluses at the state and local level could lead to additional employment growth for high school teachers.

  • English teacher
  • Creative writer
  • Editor
  • Technical writer
  • Web writer and designer
  • Marketing, advertising, and promotions
  • Public relations
  • Reporter
  • Publisher
  • Poet or novelist

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for postsecondary teachers was $78,470 in May 2018.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for high school teachers was $60,320 in May 2018.