I've been working as part of a large team on a proposal for a new program
here, and I found some persuasive statistical information re. the need for
writers and editors at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
I don't know if Stats Canada has similar projections for employment needs,
but its worth a look.
Department of English, DePaul University
On Mon, 15 Oct 2001, Amanda Goldrick-Jones wrote:
> Hello all.
> Our Centre for Academic Writing at the University of Winnipeg is in the
> process of designing a new B.A. in rhetoric and communications, and would
> like to have as much information as possible about the market for our future
> graduates. We won't be offering specialized programs such as journalism or
> technical writing (though we will offer some "professional communication"-
> related courses), and we won't offer applied courses in electronic media
> such as TV or film. Instead, we're designing a rhetoric-based liberal
> education major, the kind of degree that places equal emphasis on theory,
> practice, and analysis. We're aiming for the well-rounded communicator, the
> reflective practitioner--someone who "writes well" and knows enough about
> the situated art of rhetoric to be highly adaptable.
> Can any of you who have experience with majors in writing, rhetoric, or
> communications share your knowledge--anecdotal or statistical--about the
> kinds of jobs available to your graduates? We expect our graduates will
> make good journalists, if they choose to go in that direction. But what
> other sorts of jobs do your grads take?
> Many thanks.
> Amanda Goldrick-Jones . . . . . . University of Winnipeg
> Centre for Academic Writing
> 515 Portage Avenue
> Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA, R3B 2E9
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