English and Professional Writing

Has language always been a passion of yours? Do you love writing and the power that words have in our everyday lives and how they shape who we are? If you see yourself in a career that will challenge your writing skills and help you develop as a professional writer, studying English and Professional Writing is an excellent choice for you at York. Embracing the essence of both fields of the study, this major approaches the study of English and Professional Writing in a combinative manner, allowing you to develop an understanding of the connection and interaction of each subject. Depending on what career aims and interests you have following graduation this program gives you an opportunity to further focus your major on three streams of study; book creation, institutional writing and periodical writing.

Career Options in English and Professional Writing

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in English and Professional Writing. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers an English and Professional Writing degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of English and Professional Writing than others.

  • Author
  • Advertising Consultant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Archivist
  • Auction House Director
  • Biographer
  • Blogger
  • Children’s Literature Writer
  • Communications Director
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Freelance Writer
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aid Representative
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Magazine Contributor
  • Museum Curator
  • Non-Profit Organization Director
  • Periodicals Contributor
  • Politician
  • Public Policy Consultant
  • Professor
  • Publisher
  • Rare Book Dealer
  • Script Writer
  • Speech Coach
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher
  • Textbook Writer
  • Travel Writer

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.