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.


  • Communicate emotions and ideas creatively
  • Ability to work in groups/independently
  • Proficiency for accuracy and detail
  • Ability to accept/give criticism
  • Aesthetic judgment and sensitivity
  • Concentrate for long periods of time
  • Ability to make keen observations and appropriate decisions


  • Advertising Artist
  • Art Buyer/Consultant
  • Art Handler
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Arts and Crafts Trainer  
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Children’s Book Illustrator
  • Commissioned Portrait Painter
  • Cartoonist
  • Conservator
  • Courtroom Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Fine Artist
  • Forensic Artist
  • Gallery Director
  • Greeting Card Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Medical Illustrator 
  • Mosaic Artist
  • Professor
  • Sketch Artist
  • Technical Illustrator


  • Museums/Cultural Institutions/Galleries
  • Television/radio/film
  • Colleges/universities/schools
  • Hospitality/Travel
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Publishing
  • Not-for-Profit

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - NY Foundation For the Arts - National Endowment for the Arts - Portrait Society of America - Society of Illustrators - Association of Medical Illustrators - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - National Cartoonist Society - Americans for the Arts - Arts & Business Council of New York - Andy Warhol foundation for the Vistual Arts                 - National Gallery of Art        – World Wide Art Resources - College Art Association!speakers/cfvg- Self Employment in the Arts – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. - So You Wanna Be a Comic Book Artist? - Comic Artists Direct - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information


Career Development Center - Visit Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Americans for the Arts (includes a job bank) - Site for the professional creative marketplace -Non-profit and arts internships and jobs - College Art Association - jobs and career opportunities - source for income & exhibition opportunities - Jobs posted through the Animation World Network -  Americans for the Arts Job Bank - Worldwide network of artist residencies - Arts employment

Additional Resources Available at the CDC