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

  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to analyze situations well
  • Fundraising
  • Time management  and decision making
  • Budgeting  
  • Strong research skills
  • Organization and planning
  • Business sense
  • An understanding of what the public wants

CAREER TITLES

  • Archivist
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Educator
  • Art Exhibit Coordinator
  • Art Show Coordinator
  • Artist & Repertoire Person
  • Artist Representative
  • Artistic Director
  • Booking Agent
  • Box Office Manager
  • Budget Director
  • Business Manager
  • Company Manager
  • Curator
  • Development Coordinator
  • Director of Education
  • Director of Press & Community Relations
  • Education Coordinator
  • Fundraiser
  • Gallery Owner
  • House Manager
  • Marketing
  • Media Relations
  • Museum Director
  • Performing Arts Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Program Director
  • Promoter
  • Public Relations Personnel
  • Road Manager
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Talent Agent
  • Theatre Director
  • Tour Manager

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Arts Agencies
  • Museums
  • Music/Entertainment Venues
  • Performing Arts Groups
  • Theme Parks
  • Broadcast & Cable TV Stations
  • Film Companies
  • Recording Labels
  • Arts/Humanities Councils
  • Dance Companies
  • Opera Companies
  • Theater Companies
  • Music Groups
  • Booking Agencies
  • Colleges/Universities

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.arts.gov - National Endowment of the Arts
www.nysca.org
 
- New York Council on the Arts
www.aate.com - American Alliance for Theatre & Education
www.nyfa.org - New York Foundation for the Arts
www.artsusa.org - Americans for the Arts
www.napama.org – National Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents
www.aam-us.org
  - American Alliance of Museums
www.nycmer.org - New York City Museum Educators Roundtable
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
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.artsearch.us - search for jobs in the arts
www.playbill.com - On-Line’s Casting and Job Listings
www.artcareer.net - Jobs in the Visual Arts
www.philanthropy.com/jobs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy
www.museummarket.com - Museum information and jobs
jobbank.artsusa.org -  Americans for the Arts Job Bank
www.art-newyork.org/seeking-an-internship - Connect member theatre organizations with interns
www.idealist.org - Nonprofit site, internships and jobs
jobs.musicalamerica.com - Jobs in the performing arts

Additional Resources Available at the CDC