Career Development

Creative Writing

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Creative Writing, 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 a Creative Writing 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.


  • Imaginative and creative
  • Strong communication skills
  • Persuasive, Self motivated & disciplined
  • Editing & grammatical skills
  • Research
  • Works well under Pressure & can meet deadlines
  • Organized
  • Observant
  • Individually expressive


  • Assistant Copywriter
  • Author
  • Book Critic
  • Columnist
  • Copy Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Fact Checker
  • Greeting Card Writer
  • Humorist
  • Lyricist
  • Medical Writer
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Proof Reader
  • Public Relations
  • Publicity Manager
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Speechwriter
  • Staff Writer
  • Story Editor
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer


  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Film Studios
  • Educational Institutions
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • News Agencies
  • Corporations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - Center for Communications - Writers Guild of America - Writers Guild of America - East
 - National Writers union - Magazine Publishers of America - Association of American Publishers  - Association of Authors and Publishers  Writers Market (fee based, with some free resources) - Freelancers Social Network - Public Relations Society of America - Occupational Outlook Handbook 

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Select Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni  - Job and industry information in the media - Careers in Public Relations - Jobs/internships in the publishing industry Site for the professional creative marketplace - Site for today's working writers - Tips and job search - The Write Job - Community of young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes.  Career information and job search. - Search thousands of new jobs in writing

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  7/15

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