Career Development

Latin American Studies

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

  • A interdisciplinary awareness and understanding of Latin America
  • Analysis and evaluation of information
  • Attentive listening, clarification, and response
  • Mastery of language and communication both in English and Spanish and/or French
  • Ability to plan, conduct, and clearly explain research, especially field research
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Ability to persuade and influence others
  • Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds in various situations
  • Ability to think logically and critically, and make analogies.
  • Ability to understand and improve human relationships
  • Ability to evaluate problems and make appropriate decisions
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of other cultures

CAREER TITLES

  • Accountant
  • Activist
  • Business Manager 
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Community Organizer
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Editor/Writer
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor/Study Abroad Advisor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • International Business Consultant
  • International Lawyer
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • Peace Corp Volunteer/ Recruiter
  • Political Risk Analyst
  • Politician
  • Professor/Educator
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Software Engineer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Travel Consultant

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Banking and Finance
  • Civic Associations/Community Development     
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Firms
  • Foreign Services
  • Government Offices
  • Hospitality/Travel/Airlines/Airports
  • International Organizations & Corporations
  • International Exchange Programs
  • International Law Firms
  • Media/Publishing
  • Medical/Hospital/ Health Care
  • Museums
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Public Relations/Advertising/Marketing Firms
  • Social Service Agencies
  • K-12 Schools/American Schools Abroad
  • Government Offices

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

lasa.international.pitt.edu - Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
www.claspprograms.org - Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
www.caribbeanstudiesassociation.org - Caribbean Studies Organization (CSA)
www.brasa.org - Brazilian Studies Organization (BRASA)
lanic.utexas.edu/ - Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
www.thelaa.org - Latin American Association
www.aassa.com - Association of American Schools in South America
www.cfr.org - Council on Foreign Relations
www.worldbank.org - The World Bank - source of financial & technical assistance to developing countries around the world
www.wola.org - The Washington Office of Latin America
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.usajobs.gov - The Federal Government's official job site
www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads- Opportunitiesfor students and recent grads within the Federal Government
www.makingthedifference.org - Federal jobs and internships
www.careers.state.gov - Jobs with the U.S. Department of State
www.cs.ny.gov - NY State Jobs
www.peacecorps.gov - The Peace Corps
www.un.org/en/employment - Explore a career with the United Nations
www.overseasjobs.com/ - Overseas jobs and international employment opportunities
www.idealist.org - Jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in the not-for-profits
www.volunteermatch.org/ - Find a place to volunteer
lanic.utexas.edu/enlace - Electronic Network for Latin American Careers and Employment

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15


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