Career Development

Art History

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Art History and  find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being an Art History major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpretation skills
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal/Communication skills
  • Public speaking
  • Strong research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Analyzing
  • Self-discipline
  • Patience

CAREER TITLES

  • Antiques Dealer
  • Archivist
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Buyer
  • Art Exhibit Coordinator
  • Assistant Curator
  • Collections Assistant
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Development
  • Gallery Attendant
  • Gallery Owner
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Library Assistant
  • Museum Attendant
  • Museum Technician
  • Retail Management
  • Teacher

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Auction Houses
  • Libraries
  • Publishing Houses
  • Retail Stores
  • Corporations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.amn.org - Art Museum Network
www.aam-us.org - American Association of Museums
www.naea-reston.org - National Art Education Association
www.arlisna.org - Art Libraries Society of North America
www.arthistory.net - Art History Network 
www.collegeart.org - College Art Association
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.museumjobs.com - The job board for Museums, Galleries and the Cultural Sector
www.museummarket.com - Museum information and jobs
www.museumlink.com/states.htm - U.S. museums by state
www.idealist.org - Nonprofit site, internships and jobs
arthistory.about.com/library/info/bl_ahjintern.htm - About Art History
www.christies.com/about/careers/ - Jobs at Christies
www.arthistoryjobs.com - News resources, tips and jobs for the art history field

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated 8/14