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

  • Communicate emotions and ideas creatively 
  • Self motivated & disciplined
  • Ability to create entertaining and persuasive messages
  • Editing & grammatical skills
  • Works well under pressure & can meet deadlines  
  • Individually expressive   
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Understand institutional and cultural values
  • Research and gathering information
  • Measure media effects
  • Attention to detail
  • Synthesizing  information
  • Ability to relate to people of varying backgrounds

CAREER TITLES 

  • Author
  • Critic
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Entertainment Writer
  • Humorist
  • Lyricist
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Playwright
  • Press Agent
  • Production Assistant
  • Professor
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Publicist
  • Screenwriter  
  • Scriptwriter
  • Script Supervisor 
  • Speechwriter
  • Story Editor
  • Writer/Editor

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Theaters
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Educational Institutions
  • Publishing Houses
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Film/Television Studios
  • Television Networks/Cable
  • Non Profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.dramatistsguild.com  - The Dramatists Guild of America
www.broadwayleague.com - The League of American Theatres and Producers
www.wgaeast.org - Writers Guild of America - East
www.wga.org - Writers Guild of America - West
www.theatreconsultants.org - American Society of Theatre Consultants
www.cencom.org - Center for Communications
pwcenter.org/opportunities - The Playwrights Center
nycp.blogspot.com/ - NYC Playwrights
www.writersmarket.com  Writers Market (fee based, with some free resources)
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.writejobs.com - The Write Job
www.freelancewriting.com - Site for today’s working writers
www.showbizjobs.com - The Entertainment Professionals Network
www.mediabistro.com - Job and industry information in the media
www.creativehotlist.com - Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.nyc.gov/film - NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
www.playbill.com - Jobs in stage and theatre
http://offstagejobs.com/- Source for behind-the-scenes jobs in the Live Entertainment Industry
www.shubertorganization.com/organization/jobs.asp - Jobs at the Shubert Organization’s 17 Broadway theatres
www.entertainmentcareers.net - Music, Theater Arts, Film, TV, Media jobs
www.abctalentdevelopment.com/writing_program.html -  Disney | ABC Writing Program

Additional Resources Available at the CDC