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 oral and written communication skills
  • Read accurately and analytically
  • Imaginative & creative
  • Persuasive
  • Self motivated & disciplined
  • Editing & grammatical skills
  • Organized
  • Observant
  • Individually expressive
  • Ability to present alternative view points
  • Summarizing ideas

CAREER TITLES

  • Assistant Copywriter
  • Author
  • Book Critic
  • Book Editor
  • Business Manager
  • Columnist
  • Copyeditor
  • Copywriter
  • Counselor
  • Editor
  • Fact Checker
  • Fund Raiser
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary Agent
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Buyer
  • Museum Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Production Assistant
  • Professor
  • Proof Reader
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Relations Writer
  • Publicity Manager
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Speechwriter
  • Staff Writer
  • Story Editor
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Film Studios
  • Educational Institutions
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Corporations
  • Non Profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

www.cencom.org - Center for Communications
www.acla.org - American Comparative Literature Association
www.publishers.org - Association of American Publishers
www.societyofauthors.org - Association of Authors and Publishers
www.magazine.org - The Association of Magazine Media
www.nnpa.org - National Newspaper Publishing
Association
www.nwu.org National Writers Union
www.prsa.org - Public Relations Society of America
www.writersmarket.com  Writers Market (fee based, with some free resources)
www.bls.gov/ooh- Occupational Outlook Handbook

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Select Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.mediabistro.com  - Job and industry information in the media
www.bookjobs.com - Jobs/internships in the publishing industry
www.writejobs.com - The Write Job
www.writingjobs.org - Search thousands of new jobs in writing
www.creativehotlist.com- Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.freelancewriting.com - Site for today’s working writers
www.freelancewritinggigs.com - Tips and job search
www.prjobforce.com - Public Relations Jobs
teachnyc.net - NYC Department of Education

Additional Resources Available at the CDC