Careers for WGSS, Language & Area Studies, and Foreign Language and Communication Media Majors

This week’s CAS Careers post provides career planning resources for students majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), Language and Area Studies, and Foreign Language & Communication Media. After the break, you’ll find some brief information on what you can do with your major after graduation, along with statistics on salary ranges and links to other helpful resources.

Careers in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The interdisciplinary nature of your WGSS major ensures your ability to engage thoughtfully with a wide range of cultural and political issues. Other professional skills you offer to prospective employers include:

  • Proficiency with statistics and computer software
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human and world history
  • Experience working with scientific equipment and measuring instruments
  • The ability to adapt approaches in public relations, marketing, and politics to diverse populations

 

Here is a brief list of some popular careers in WGSS, along with their national median salary*:

Case Worker—Home Care

$43,600

Community Organizer

$32,000

Work/Life Program Manager

$100,000

Childbirth Educator

$56,000

Community Outreach Specialist

$50,000

Employee Relations Specialist

$48,000

*Data collected from salary.com

 

Visit our Career Resource Library and check out some of our books on careers in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies:

 

Here are a few websites with information on careers in WGSS:

 

For a full list of relevant websites, other career options, and books in our Career Resource Library related to WGSS, visit our website.

 

If you’re a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major, and would like some more personalized information on your career options, schedule an appointment with one of our CAS Career Advisors: Anna Litman or Marie Spaulding. Also, feel free to stop by our CAS drop-in hours, which are held every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 next to the entrance to TDR.

 

Careers in Language and Area Studies, and Foreign Language and Communication Media

Today’s job market is becoming increasingly globalized—your degree in Language and Area Studies or Foreign Language and Communication Media gives you a competitive edge over other applicants in terms of understand the language and culture of another country. Other skills you offer to potential employers include:

  • Knowledge of a range of geographic, literary, linguistic, historic, and cultural issues
  • Experience adapting content for different audiences
  • Experience and comfort with intercultural communication
  • Familiarity with best practices in language translation / interpretation
  • Strong writing, editing, and public speaking skills in multiple languages
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Comfort working individually and as a member of a multicultural / multilingual team
  • The ability to locate, research, analyze, and synthesize complex information in multiple languages

 

Here is a brief list of some popular careers Language and Foreign Studies/Foreign Language and Communication Media majors have found success in, along with their national median salary*:

Translator

$43,000

Public Relations Specialist

$45,000

Social Media Analyst

$49,600

Foreign Studies Advisor

$42,000

Community Relations Manager

$84,500

*Data collected from salary.com

 

Visit our Career Resource Library and check out some of our books on careers in Language and Foreign Studies:

  • Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados & Other Multilingual Types by J. Laurence Day
  • Opportunities in Foreign Language Careers by Wilga M. Rivers
  • Working for Change: Making a Career in International Public Service by Derick and Jennifer Brinkerhoff
  • Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development by Sherry Mueller and Mark Overmann
  • Career Opportunities in Journalism by Jennifer Bobrow Burns
  • Careers in Advertising & Public Relations by WetFeet Publishers
  • Realities of Foreign Service Life by Melissa Brayer Hess, Patricia Linderman, and Marlene Manfiletto Nice

 

 

Here are a few websites with information on careers in Language and Foreign Studies:

 

 

For a full list of relevant websites, other career options, and books in our Career Resource Library related to Language and Foreign Studies, visit this page. For Foreign Language and Communication Media, visit our website.

 

 

If you’re a Language and Area Studies major, and would like some more personalized information on your career options, schedule an appointment with one of our CAS Career Advisors: Anna Litman or Marie Spaulding. Also, feel free to stop by our CAS drop-in hours, which are held every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 next to the entrance to TDR.

 

 

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