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 Alliance 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/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Log into 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.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