Career Development

Literature

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

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Read accurately and analytically
  • Imaginative & creative
  • Persuasive
  • Self motivated & disciplined
  • Editing & grammatical skills
  • Organized
  • Observant
  • Individually expressive
  • Ability to present alternative view points
  • Summarizing ideas

CAREER TITLES

  • Assistant Copywriter
  • Author
  • Book Critic
  • Book Editor
  • Business Manager
  • Columnist
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Fact Checker
  • Fund Raiser
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary Agent
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Buyer
  • Museum Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Production Assistant
  • Professor
  • Proof Reader
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Relations Writer
  • Publicity Manager
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Speechwriter
  • Staff Writer
  • Story Editor
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Film Studios
  • Educational Institutions
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Corporations
  • Non Profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

www.cencom.org - Center for Communications
www.acla.org - American Comparative Literature Association
www.publishers.org - Association of American Publishers
www.societyofauthors.org - Association of Authors and Publishers
www.magazine.org - The Association of Magazine Media
www.nnpa.org - National Newspaper Publishing
Association
www.nwu.org National Writers Union
www.prsa.org - Public Relations Society of America
www.writersmarket.com  Writers Market (fee based, with some free resources)
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.mediabistro.com  - Job and industry information in the media
www.bookjobs.com - Jobs/internships in the publishing industry
www.writejobs.com - The Write Job
www.writingjobs.org - Search thousands of new jobs in writing
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.prjobforce.com - Public Relations Jobs
www.teachny.com - NYC Department of Education

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  8/14