Carnegie Mellon University


Careers in Professional Writing

The Professional Writing Major prepares students for successful careers as writers and communications specialists in a range of fields, including but not limited to: editing and publishing, government, law, journalism, the non-profit sector, education, public and media relations, corporate communications, advocacy writing, and the arts.

While the major appeals to students with strong professional interests, both core and elective requirements develop the broad intellectual background one expects from a university education. This model prepares students to either enter the workplace or pursue graduate study in fields as diverse as communications, law, business, and education.

Various opportunities for writers to gain professional experience and material for writing portfolios are available through: campus publications, department-sponsored internships for academic credit, and writing-related employment on and off campus.

Job Titles of our Professional Writing Graduates

  • Manager of Training and Education
  • Editor
  • Communications Specialist
  • Head of Product Design
  • Management Consultant
  • Director of Publication
  • Program Director
  • Global Product Expert
  • Senior Advisor
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Project Director
  • Scientific Editor

Employers of our Professional Writing Graduates

  • Stitch Fix
  • Disney Publishing Group
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • CNN
  • U.S. Department of State
  • American Cancer Society
  • Sharp Communications
  • CBS This Morning
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Nike, Inc.
  • FedEx Supply Chain
  • Buffalo Bills