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.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • 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

CAREER TITLES

  • 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

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • 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

www.cencom.org - Center for Communications
www.prsa.org - Public Relations Society of America
www.wga.org - Writers Guild of America
www.wgaeast.org - Writers Guild of America - East
https://nwu.org/
 - National Writers union
www.magazine.org - Magazine Publishers of America
www.publishers.org - Association of American Publishers
www.societyofauthors.org  - Association of Authors and Publishers
www.writersmarket.com  Writers Market (fee based, with some free resources)

www.freelanced.com - Freelancers Social Network
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook 

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Select Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.mediabistro.com  - Job and industry information in the media
www.prssa.org - Careers in Public Relations
www.bookjobs.com - Jobs/internships in the publishing industry
www.creativehotlist.com- Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.freelancewriting.com - Site for today's working writers
www.freelancewritinggigs.com - Tips and job search
www.writejobs.com - The Write Job
www.ed2010.com - Community of young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes.  Career information and job search.
www.writingjobs.org - Search thousands of new jobs in writing

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  8/14