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Here are examples of industry areas students enter with this major, jobs/internships, typical employers that hire students, skills employers look for, and examples of where alumni work.  To find more information make an appointment with your career counselor/advisor.

Industry|Employers

Job|Roles

Skills

Alumni

Writing/Editing

• Newspapers
• Magazines
• Broadcast media companies including television, radio, and the movie industry
• Trade, professional, or consumer publications
• Internet sites
• Large corporations
• Government agencies including:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of State
  • Veterans Affairs

• National Archives and Records Administration
• Universities and university presses
• Technical industries
• Self-employed/Freelance

Creative Writing

• Novels: Fiction and Nonfiction
• Poetry
• Plays
• Screenplays
• Scripts
• Greeting Cards
• Lyrics/Jingle Writing
• Journalism
• Writing/Reporting
• Editing
• Critique
• Freelance Writing

• advanced verbal and written communication
• detailed oriented
• technology and social media skills
• time management
• analytical skills
• interpersonal skills
• negotiation skills
• project management skills

• McKinsey & Company, Managing Editor
• Google, Inc., Editor
• City Arts Magazine, Editor in Chief
• Playwright/ Writer
• Popular Mechanics Magazine

Technical Communication

• Management, scientific, and technical consulting companies
• Technical industries
• Retailers including electronics
• Engineering firms
• Healthcare industry
• Computer systems design companies
• Software publishers
• Self-employed/Freelance

• Technical Writing and Editing
• Science and Medical Writing
• Grant and Proposal Writing
• Software and Hardware Documentation
• Information Technology Writing
• Human-Computer Interface Design
• Corporate Communications and Training
• Mechanical Communication

• advanced verbal and written communication
• flexibility and versatility
• ability to research and think critically
• strong interpersonal  skills
• creativity
• editing and attention to detail
• teamwork
• active listening  and interviewing
• time management
• computer and technical skills (in various forms of electronic media)         

• DataStax, Senior Technical Writer
• Total Technical Solutions, Contract Technical Writer

Publishing

• Trade publishing
• Special interest magazines
• Trade magazines
• Association magazines
• Sunday newspaper supplements
• Educational publishing
• Religious books and magazines
• Professional and scholarly publishing
• University presses
• Independent publishers
• Alternative media publishers including:
• E-books
• Audiobooks

• Editing
• Advertising
• Sales
• Circulation
• Production
• Publicity
• Marketing
• Promotion
• Administration

• advanced verbal and written communication
• detailed oriented
• technology and social media skills
• time management
• analytical skills
• interpersonal skills
• negotiation skills
• project management skills

• Entangled Publishing, Editorial Director
• McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Publisher's Representative

Education

• Public and private K-12 schools
• Colleges and universities
• Language institutes, local and abroad
• Libraries
• Museums
• Private learning centers
• Test preparation organizations
• Nonprofit organizations involved with literacy

• Teaching
• Administration
• Higher Education Administration:
• Admissions
• Financial Aid
• Academic Advising and Support Services
• Development
• Alumni Affairs
• International Education and Study Abroad
• Student Affairs, e.g. Residence Life, Student Activities, Orientation, Leadership, Greek Life, Multicultural Affairs
• Information/Library Science
• Non-classroom Teaching
• English as a Second Language (ESL)
• Research
• Tutoring

K-12: 

• Coordination
• public speaking
• critical thinking
• writing
• social perceptiveness
• complex problem solving

Higher Ed:

• Research
• Writing
• critical thinking
• judgement and decision making
• presentations

• Hockaday School, High School English Teacher
• Evanston Public Library, Children's Librarian
• North Park University, Librarian
• Teach for America, Director - Selection Research
• Mounds Park Academy, English Teacher
• The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Assistant • Professor of English & African American Studies
• Lake Forest High School, Dean of Students
• UMass Dartmouth, Associate Librarian for Nursing & Health
• Northwestern University - School of Communication, Publications Writer
• Columbia College of Chicago, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Advertising

• Advertising agencies
• In-house agencies of large companies

• Creative Services
• Copy Writing
• Art Direction
• Web Page Design
• Account Management
• Media
• Account Planning
• Production

• Problem-solving
• Innovation and creativity
• Critical thinking
• Communication (verbal and written)
• Presentation skills
• Teamwork and leadership
• Time management and the ability to simultaneously balance several projects
• Adaptability and flexibility 

• McClain Finlon Advertising, Creative Director
• Navy Recruiting Command, Dir-Advertising Ops
• Weber Shandwick, Senior Copywriter
• Sports Illustrated for Kids, Midwest Advertising Manager
• M B M Company, Inc., Vice President, Internet & Advertising
• The Artvoice Newspaper, Advertising Coordinator
• Starcom Advertising Agency, Planner

Public Relations

• Public relations firms
• Advertising agencies
• In-house public relations departments
• Trade associations
• Colleges and universities
• Nonprofit organizations
• Government agencies

• Account Coordination
• Writing/Editing
• Media Relations
• Social Media
• Account Management
• Fundraising
• Research

• strong interpersonal skills
• attention to detail
• ability to multitask
• organizational skills
• time management
• verbal and written communication
• ability to work collaboratively in a team environment

• Square Enix, Director of Public Relations
• Sway Communications, LLC, Owner/Principal
• Kaiser Permanente, Vice President, PR, Communications and Brand Management
• Figel PR, Account Executive
• AT&T, Public Relations Mgr

Business

• Business organizations including banks, real estate agencies, insurance fi rms, and large and small corporations
• Retailers including department, grocery, drug, specialty, variety, and book stores

• Management
• Customer Service
• Sales and Marketing
• Human Resources
• Insurance
• Claims
• Underwriting

• Problem-Solving Skills
• Analytical Thinking Skills
• Leadership & Team Based Skills
• Business Judgment
• Communication Skills
• Project Management
• Professionalism

• Creative Citizen, LLC, Chief Executive Officer
• Olympic Ventures, Inc., President
• The Northern Trust Company, SVP,Managing Director
• Continental Extrusion Corp, VP Mktg & Sales
• Independent Publishers Group, Marketing Manager

Law

• Law firms
• Government agencies
• State and local government
• Corporations
• Public interest organizations
• Private practice
• Colleges and universities

• Law Assistance
• Prosecution
• Defense
• Contractual
• Corporate
• Nonprofit or Public Interest
• Government
• Mediation
• Lobbying

• Administrative
• Analytical Thinking
• Attention to Detail
• Time Management
• Writing Skills
• Active Learning

• Abbott Laboratories, Counsel
• Federal District Court, Law Clerk
• BMO Harris Bank, Senior Counsel & Vice President
• State of Illinois, Judge
• Department of Justice, Attorney
• Blair Bennett Attorney at Law, Judge/Lawyer
• Securities & Exchange Comm, Lawyer
• JPMorgan Chase, Lawyer

Market Research & Marketing

• Large corporations
• Marketing research firms
• Management consulting firms
• Software and technology companies
• Advertising and public relations firms
• Public institutions concerning health, education, and transportation
• Nonprofit organizations

• Data Collection:

  • Primary
  • Secondary

• Field Service
• Survey Research
• Data Analysis
• Evaluation Design
• Forecasting
• Reporting
• Project Management
• Management
• Advertisers
• Researchers
• Public relations professionals
• Media planners
• Distributers
• Sales consultants
• Customer service professionals

• Problem-solving
• Innovation and creativity
• Critical thinking
• Communication (verbal and written)
• Presentation skills
• Teamwork and leadership
• Time management and the ability to simultaneously balance several projects
• Adaptability and flexibility 

• Allstate Insurance Company, Marketing Consultant
• Partners Capital, Inc., Vice President of Marketing & Talent Acquisition
• Discovery Land, Marketing Consultant
• Independent Publishers Group, Marketing Manager
• Wells Fargo & Company, SVP, Market Intelligence
• OPOC.us, Marketing Analyst

Production (TV, Film, and Theater)

• Film and video production companies
• Media companies
• Audio recording studios
• Broadcasting groups
• Cable and television stations
• Communication departments
• Special effects companies
• Studio facilities
• Theatrical production companies
• Professional and school sport teams

• Video and Film Recording
• Broadcasting
• Producing
• Editing
• Script Writing
• Stage and Scene Design

• advanced verbal and written communication
• flexibility and versatility
• ability to research and think critically
• strong interpersonal  skills
• creativity
• editing and attention to detail
• teamwork
• active listening  and interviewing
• time management
• computer and technical skills (in various forms of electronic media)         

• Catamunt Records, Public Radio Announcer
• Apple Inc, Video Producer
• Vitameatavegamin Productions, President
• John Crawford Creative, Radio/Film Producer
• Jacob Burns Film Center, Special Guests Programmer
• Reel To Real, Film & BK Group Leader,Lecturer
• Charles Theatre, Film Programmer
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