The Write Job for You!

More often than not, if you’re any form of Humanities major in college, you’ll be asked this question from well-meaning people:

Well, guess what?

There are plenty of other jobs, especially in the tech sector, designed for Humanities majors/writers!* Here’s a brief overview so you can discuss these roles next time someone asks you that question:
  • Technical Writing: SJSU’s own program explains the role: “write quality manuals, reports, and web updates; write clear business reports and promotional materials; communicate effectively both with consumers and within the company; and understand each step of the publication process.”
  • Content Writing: “a form of online writing which is closely linked to web marketing campaigns”
  • Content Strategy: “[…a field that] delves deeper into (in Kristina Halvorson’s words) the ‘creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content.'”
  • Grant Writing: “Research, draft, and submit proposals that help organizations or individuals receive grant funding”
  • Marketing: “The process or technique of promoting, selling, and distributing a product or service”
  • UX Research: “The main goal of design research [another term for UX Research] is to inform the design process from the perspective of the end user. […Also,] it’s research that tells us who that person is, in what context they’ll use this product or service, and what they need from us.”
  • Copywriting: “The process of writing advertising promotional materials. Copywriters are responsible for the text on brochures, billboards, websites, emails, advertisements, catalogs, and more.”
  • Editing: “Arranging, revising, and preparing a written, audio, or video material for final production, usually by a party (called an editor) other than the creator of the material.”

    Publishing:“There are all kinds of publishers. Most deal in hard copy. Anything printed and disseminated can be described as a publication—a mimeograph handout, a 500,000-copy-a-month magazine, a scholarly journal, a book. Anyone who produces any of these might describe himself as a publisher.” 


    Journalism“The activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.”

  • Proposal Writing:When most people think of proposal writers, they automatically think of people who write requests for grant money. Although grant proposal writers are among the largest groups of proposal writers, there are many other types, as well. For example, proposal writers can work in the entertainment industry or in the financial sector.”
  • Project Management: “The job of overseeing a project to ensure it meets its goals, time line and budget.”
  • Project Coordinator: “The member of a project management team responsible for keeping the project organized and running smoothly.”

    Public Relations: “A strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.”

  • Community Management: “[This role] can refer to any attempts to cultivate, nurture, or engage with a given audience. So, if you’re posting on social media with the intention of building your social media audience, that technically counts as community management.”
  • Localization: “The aim of localization is to give a product the look and feel of having been created specifically for a target market, no matter their language, culture, or location.”
  • Author:

    An author is someone who loves to think creatively, loves language, and loves the art of writing. His or her focus is to produce well-crafted pieces of work for us to read and enjoy. An author will work closely with words and use the fundamentals of language to evoke our imagination, educate us, and hold our interest.”

And, if all of those answers don’t suffice…you can always use the Justin Trudeau response below…

*Special thanks to Former Writing Specialists Mitchell Gehring, Content Writer at Facebook; John Linford, SJSU lecturer and technical writer at The Open Group; and Andrew Tucker, technical writer at Skanska, for discussing these possibilities at our May Writing Center meeting.

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