By Ashlyn Abramson
Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
If you have a genuine passion for writing and communicating with people, a Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing might be right for you, but what can you do with a degree in professional writing? What sorts of careers correlate with this field of study?
Here are a few you may not have thought of:
An advertising copywriter works with other creative staff on the creation and production of messaging and verbal elements of advertising campaigns.
A corporate communications professional works with internal and external communications, often written articles, at the corporate level and works to increase brand exposure and awareness.
As an editor you could work in newspaper, magazine, book or online publishing. An editor’s main responsibility is to edit for style and content of a publication.
English teachers shape the minds of students, both young and old. English teachers tend to teach on grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and the understanding of books and other writings.
As a grant writer you could be writing grant proposals and providing supporting materials for organizations, like nonprofits, in order to secure funding.
If you enjoy sharing stories, journalism might be right for you. Journalists research, write, edit and proofread news stories, features and articles to be used on television, radio, magazines, or newspapers, both in print and online.
As a member of a marketing team your goal would be to develop strategies to sell and promote products, services or ideas. As a writer you would help to communicate these strategies, not unlike an advertisement copywriter.
In public relations (PR) your task would be to manage reputations of clients. PR involves understanding your clients and supporting them, as well as maintaining, managing and influencing public opinion of your client’s reputation, using media and communications. You could be managing public bodies or services, businesses or volunteer organizations.
If you have an interest in science and strong writing skills, science writing combines these two elements. This career involves evaluating scientific data and converting the information into writing that your intended audience can easily understand. This career could be a good fit for strong writers who also have a passion for exploring the sciences.
As a technical writer you would translate complex data into simple to understand language for publications like technical journals, government proposals, websites or podcasts. You will research, study statistical reports and conduct interviews with subject matter experts for defense contractors, software developers, scientific research organizations and governmental agencies.
The skill of the written word is often overlooked but is vital in so many areas of the workforce If you want to learn more about Grand Canyon University’s English program within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, check out our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.
More about Ashlyn:
Ashlyn Abramson is a senior at Grand Canyon University and a native of Arizona, growing up in the west valley. She is majoring in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in business, hoping to pursue a career in corporate communications or technical writing. When she’s not writing she enjoys photography, travel and the outdoors, passions that she wants to share with others through her work.
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