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.


  • Strong reading comprehension, writing and speaking skills
  • Ability to observe and analyze introspectively
  • Sensitivity to & understanding the needs and emotions of others
  • Evaluates and solves problems
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Ability to interact with people of varying genders, races, ages & backgrounds
  • Critical thinking
  • Listening to others’ thoughts and ideas
  • Insight to deal effectively with people
  • Research
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Organizing and testing ideas
  • Planning and administering programs
  • Connecting with communities


  • Advocate
  • Archivist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Career Counselor
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Financial Planner
  • Foundation Administrator
  • Fund Raiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Health Care Practitioner
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Job Developer
  • Journalist
  • Law Enforcement
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Planned Parenthood Counselor
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Sexual Abuse/Sexual Assault Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator
  • Women’s Rights Activist


  • Not-for-Profit
  • Community Agencies
  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Law Firms
  • Foundations
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Counseling Centers
  • Public Relations Firms
  • TV, Radio & Cable Broadcast Companies
  • News Agencies
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Publishing Houses
  • Museums
  • Corporations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - National Women’s Studies Association - U.S. Department of Labor for Women - Workplace links - National Council of Women’s Organizations - National Organization for Women The WAGE Project - American Association of University Women - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary


Career Development Center - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Feminist Majority Foundation Career Center - Search for Jobs and Volunteer opportunities - Women in Business and Industry Nonprofit site, internships and jobs  - Social Service jobs - Jobs and internship – Jobs in higher education - Career information and job board

Additional Resources Available at the CDC