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

  • A interdisciplinary awareness and understanding of Latin America
  • Analysis and evaluation of information
  • Attentive listening, clarification, and response
  • Mastery of language and communication both in English and Spanish and/or French
  • Ability to plan, conduct, and clearly explain research, especially field research
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Ability to persuade and influence others
  • Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds in various situations
  • Ability to think logically and critically, and make analogies.
  • Ability to understand and improve human relationships
  • Ability to evaluate problems and make appropriate decisions
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of other cultures

CAREER TITLES

  • Accountant
  • Activist
  • Business Manager 
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Community Organizer
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Editor/Writer
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Foreign Language Teacher
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Student Advisor/Study Abroad Advisor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • International Business Consultant
  • International Lawyer
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • Peace Corp Volunteer/ Recruiter
  • Political Risk Analyst
  • Politician
  • Professor/Educator
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Software Engineer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Travel Consultant

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Banking and Finance
  • Civic Associations/Community Development     
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Firms
  • Foreign Services
  • Government Offices
  • Hospitality/Travel/Airlines/Airports
  • International Organizations & Corporations
  • International Exchange Programs
  • International Law Firms
  • Media/Publishing
  • Medical/Hospital/ Health Care
  • Museums
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Public Relations/Advertising/Marketing Firms
  • Social Service Agencies
  • K-12 Schools/American Schools Abroad
  • Government Offices

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

lasa.international.pitt.edu - Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
www.claspprograms.org - Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
www.caribbeanstudiesassociation.org - Caribbean Studies Organization (CSA)
www.brasa.org - Brazilian Studies Organization (BRASA)
lanic.utexas.edu/ - Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)
www.thelaa.org - Latin American Association
www.aassa.com - Association of American Schools in South America
www.cfr.org - Council on Foreign Relations
www.worldbank.org - The World Bank - source of financial & technical assistance to developing countries around the world
www.wola.org - The Washington Office of Latin America
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.usajobs.gov - The Federal Government’s official job site
www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads- Opportunitiesfor students and recent grads within the Federal Government
www.makingthedifference.org - Federal jobs and internships
www.careers.state.gov - Jobs with the U.S. Department of State
www.cs.ny.gov - NY State Jobs
www.peacecorps.gov - The Peace Corps
www.un.org/en/employment - Explore a career with the United Nations
www.overseasjobs.com/ - Overseas jobs and international employment opportunities
www.idealist.org - Jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in the not-for-profits
www.volunteermatch.org/ - Find a place to volunteer
lanic.utexas.edu/enlace - Electronic Network for Latin American Careers and Employment

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  9/15