The Daily Beast ranked English No. 7 in its April 2012 list of the 13 “most useless” college majors, just above philosophy and one rung below journalism. Job opportunities for English majors are expected to grow by 6 percent this decade, according to the site’s findings, but unemployment for recent graduates is at nearly 10 percent.
It all seems pretty grim, but there are some signs of hope out there. This week, Business Insider offered 16 examples of English majors who not only were great successes, but who changed the very face of the arenas in which they work or worked.
Here’s the crazy part: None of them are authors by profession. Quite a few have written books, but they made their names in other ways. They’re journalists, public officials, business executives, physicians, and entertainers.
PR Daily picked a few particularly surprising examples from the list: