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

  • Ability to write and speak clearly
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Read accurately and analytically
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Understand institutional and cultural values
  • Research and gathering information
  • Measure media effects
  • Attention to detail
  • Synthesizing information

CAREER TITLES

  • Actor/Actress
  • Casting Assistant 
  • Casting Director 
  • Cinematographer
  • Costume Design
  • Critic
  • Director
  • Drama Coach 
  • Educator
  • Entertainment Writer
  • Film Distributor
  • Film Editor
  • Film Festival Organizer
  • Film Production
  • Independent Filmmaker
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Personal Asst. to Director 
  • Press Agent 
  • Producer 
  • Production Assistant
  • Publicist
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Supervisor
  • Scriptwriter 
  • Story Editor
  • Studio Merchandising
  • Talent Agent
  • Talent Representative 
  • Television Production
  • Theater Manager

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Film Studios
  • Television Networks
  • Cable Television Stations
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Educational Institutions
  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines/ Newspapers
  • Talent Agencies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.cmstudies.org - Society for Cinema & Media Studies
www.cencom.org - Center for Communications
www.afi.com - American Film Institute
www.aivf.org - Association for Independent Film Makers
www.filmindependent.org - Non profit organization for independent film makers
www.afci.org - Non profit film association
www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/initiatives/initiatives.page - Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.entertainmentcareers.net - Internships and jobs in the media
www.showbizjobs.com - The Entertainment Professionals Network
www.mandy.com - International Film & TV Production Resources
www.mediabistro.com - Job and industry information in the media
www.creativehotlist.com - Site for the professional creative marketplace
www1.nyc.gov/assets/mome/pdf/reeljobs.pdf  - Reel Jobs NYC
www.productionhub.com - Search site for jobs in film, television, video, live event and digital media production.
www.movingimage.us - View job and internship opportunities at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Additional Resources Available at the CDC