Area: Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs Including:
    • International Education/Study Abroad
    • Academic Advising
    • Admissions
    • Student Support Services
  • Library and Information Services

Employers:

  • Universities and colleges
  • Elementary and secondary schools, public and private
  • Professional language schools

Strategies & Information:

  • Earn a Ph.D. for college/university teaching or a graduate degree in college student affairs or library/information science for other university positions.
  • Learn the certification process for teaching K-12. Acquire certification in additional subject areas for increased job possibilities.
  • Maintain a high grade point average and develop strong recommendations from faculty.
  • Get involved on campus as a resident assistant, orientation leader, admissions guide, etc.

Area: The Arts

Sub-Area:

  • Administration/Management
  • Archival Work
  • Education
  • Research
  • Translation
  • Museum Work: Curatorship, Conservation, Restoration
  • Design: Period, Exhibit, Costume, Set
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Appraisal

Employers:

  • Museums including:
    • Public, private, university
  • Art galleries
  • Antique dealerships
  • Art councils
  • Historical societies and sites
  • Archives
  • Libraries
  • Public research agencies
  • Private foundations
  • Theatrical companies

Strategies & Information:

  • Minor in art history or take other relevant courses.
  • Develop excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Volunteer or intern in an art or historical museum.
  • Earn a graduate degree in museum studies, art history, library/information science, or other related field.
  • Be prepared to relocate to areas with higher concentrations of art-related employers.

Area: Government

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Research
  • Policy Analysis
  • Lobbying
  • Program Management
  • Translation
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Library/Information Services

Employers:

  • State and local government
  • Federal government including: State Department, Civil Rights Commission, Education Department, EPA, Federal Trade Commission, Government Printing Office, Health and Human Services, Labor Department, Library of Congress, National Labor Relations Board, National Park Service, Departments of Transportation

Strategies & Information:

  • Learn federal, state, and local job application process.
  • Take additional courses or earn a minor in area of interest.
  • Gain relevant work experience through government internship programs.
  • Earn a master's or professional degree in a related field to qualify for the most job opportunities.
  • Get involved in campus leadership roles.
  • Develop excellent written and oral communication skills.

Area: Non-Profit

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Research
  • Grant Writing
  • Development
  • Programming

Employers:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social service organizations
  • Churches and religiously affiliated groups

Strategies & Information:

  • Volunteer or intern with social service organizations.
  • Learn to work well with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop excellent communication skills.
  • Take a course in grant writing.
  • Join a service fraternity or get involved in community service projects.

Area: Communications

Sub-Area:

  • Technical Writing
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • Translation

Employers:

  • Publishers
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • TV stations
  • Film companies
  • Internet sites
  • Advertising agencies

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop excellent writing and research skills.
  • Take courses in applicable areas such as English, technical writing, or journalism.
  • Gain related work experience by completing an internship.
  • Develop a portfolio of writing samples.
  • Write for campus or community newspapers.
  • Learn appropriate computer software packages.

Area: Business / Industry

Sub-Area:

  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Importing and Exporting

Employers:

  • Business corporations in various industries such as: Banking, retailing, insurance, financial services, travel, and tourism

Strategies & Information:

  • Many businesses hire students of "any major" if they have relevant experience and have developed the skills employers seek.
  • Minor in business or another relevant field.
  • Obtain related experience through internships, summer, and part-time jobs.
  • Develop strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Learn to work well on a team.
  • Get involved in campus organizations and seek leadership roles.

Area: Law

Sub-Area:

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

Employers:

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

Strategies & Information:

  • Develop strong research skills and attention to detail.
  • Participate in a debate or forensic team to hone communication skills.
  • Take courses in and gain experience with mediation and conflict resolution.
  • Get involved with pre-law organizations.
  • Obtain a summer or part-time job in a law firm.
  • Plan to shadow an attorney to learn more about the field and various specialties.
  • Complete special training requirements for paralegal positions.
  • Attend law school and earn a J.D. to become an attorney. Maintain an excellent grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations to gain law school admittance. Plan to take the LSAT.

Area: Medicine

Sub-Area:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Allied Health Including:
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical centers and clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Private practice
  • Armed services
  • Government agencies

Strategies & Information:

  • Plan on attending medical school or other related graduate program. Alternative undergraduate degrees may be preferred by some medical schools.
  • Take applicable prerequisites for medical/professional school and maintain an excellent grade point average, particularly in the sciences.
  • Meet with a pre-health advisor periodically.
  • Seek experiences in hospital or healthcare settings through volunteering, shadowing, part-time positions, or internships.
  • Get involved in campus organizations and take leadership roles.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations.
  • Join related student organizations, and demonstrate leadership abilities.
  • Prepare for applicable graduate admission exams, e.g. the MCAT or GRE.

General Information and Strategies