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

  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds in various situations
  • Reading critically
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Evaluating information
  • Ability to translate
  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Reporting and editing

CAREER TITLES

  • Advertising Manager
  • Art Dealer
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Court Interpreter
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Director of Study Abroad Programs
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • ESL Teacher
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor/Study Abroad Advisor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Hotel Manager
  • Importer/Exporter
  • International Banking Officer
  • Journalist
  • Language Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Linguist
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Pharmaceutical Rep.
  • Professor
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Teacher
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Travel Agent
  • Writer

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Educational Institutions
  • Corporate Firms (in US and in Foreign Countries)
  • Commercial Language Schools
  • Government Agencies
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Translation Agencies
  • Broadcasting Companies
  • Museums
  • Publishers
  • Hospitals

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

www.state.gov - U.S. Department of State
www.actfl.org -American Counsel on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
www.atanet.org - American Translators Association (ATA)
www.aatsp.org/ - The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
www.aassa.com - Association of American Schools in South America
www.cfr.org - Council on Foreign Relations
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.idealist.org - Jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in the not-for-profits
www.jobsabroad.com - Opportunities around the globe
www.overseasjobs.com - International job opportunities for professionals, expatriates & adventure seekers
www.bunac.org - Work, Volunteer and Teach Abroad
www.usajobs.gov - Jobs in the federal government
www.usajobs.gov/studentsandgrads - Job opportunities for students within the Federal Government
www.makingthedifference.org - Federal jobs and internships
www.careers.state.gov - Jobs with the U.S. Department of State
www.peacecorps.gov - The Peace Corps
www.un.org/en/employment - Explore a career with the United Nations
www.ihipo.com - International jobs and internships
www.footprintsrecruiting.com - Teacher placement and support agency for schools South Korea, Taiwan and China

Additional Resources for Working and Volunteering Abroad

Additional Resources Available at the CDC