If you enjoyed your high school English and literature courses, English could provide you with a pathway to an enjoyable career. Businesses and industries sometimes require technical writing for instruction manuals, equipment manuals, and scientific and technical materials. In addition to the popular choice of being an English teacher, an English background is always a plus for any writing-related job.
Demand for technical writers and writers with expertise in specialty areas (such as law, medicine, or economics) is expected to increase because of the continuing expansion of scientific and technical information and the need to communicate it to others. English majors most often find employment as teachers, journalists, communication specialists, advertising copywriters, marketers, or public relations professionals. Some job growth is expected in radio and television stations; more rapid growth is anticipated in new media areas such as online newspapers and magazines. The newspaper and broadcasting industries are vulnerable to economic ups and downs since they depend on advertising revenue. Job opportunities are often best when graduates can combine the college degree with internships and other related work experience and can develop a specialty such as law, medicine or economics.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2012 median pay for Writers and Authors with a bachelor’s degree was $55,940 per year; the job outlook through 2022 calls for a 3% growth in employment. The 2012 median pay for Technical Writers with a bachelor’s degree was $65,500 per year; the job outlook through 2022 calls for a 15% growth in employment, faster than the national average.
Related careers include public information officer, newsletter editor, social media writer, advertising specialist, copywriter, marketing specialist, community relations coordinator, news writer/reporter, script writer, technical writer, publicity manager, medical grant writer, director of communications, publications editor, translator, legal researcher and more.
ECC’s Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.
Because the requirements for an AA degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!
THE ELLSWORTH EXPERIENCE
- ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
- The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
- What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.