What can I do with this degree? - WOMEN'S STUDIES

AREAS

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY

Training and Development
Human Resources
Management
Marketing
Advertising
Public Relations
Sales
Consulting

EMPLOYERS

Public and private corporations, particularly: Women's divisions and Female focused industries
Consulting firms
Marketing companies
Public relations agencies
Organizations for research on and advancement of women in business (i.e., Catalyst)

STRATEGIES

Obtain a minor in business or take some general business courses. Earn a graduate degree in an area of interest. Gain experience through internships or other employment. Become current with business and industry literature and news. Develop strong computer skills. Gain leadership experience through campus involvement or volunteer work. When job searching, seek employers interested in hiring "any major."
Understand the top skills employers desire and be prepared to demonstrate them, such as: communication (oral and written), computer, interpersonal, leadership and teamwork, etc. Be willing to start in a management-trainee program or other entry-level positions.

AREAS

HEALTHCARE

Medicine Specializing in Women's Issues: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Breast Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Fertility
Nursing
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Dentistry EMPLOYERS
Healthcare settings exclusively for women
Organizations devoted to women's health including: National Women's Health Organization, CCPD Women's Health Department
Hospitals
Clinics
Private or group practice
Health networks
Wellness centers
Nursing homes
Mental health institutions
Federal, state, or local health departments
Centers for reproductive health
Planned Parenthood

STRATEGIES

Maintain a high grade point average needed for graduate school and professional programs. Take prerequisite courses required by professional program, or obtain a related double major or minor. Meet with a pre-health advisor periodically to discuss curricular decisions. Prepare for and take appropriate admissions tests. Obtain summer jobs, volunteer positions, or internships to test field of interest and gain experience. Talk to professionals in your field of interest and arrange shadowing opportunities.

AREAS

HUMAN SERVICES

Counseling
Psychotherapy
Mental Health Services
Case Management
Programming
Community Relations
Administration

EMPLOYERS

Private and group practice
Mental health institutions
Hospitals and clinics
Federal, state, or local government, including: Department of Human Services and the Veterans Administration
Women's service organizations, e.g. Girl Scouts, Women for Women, AWARE, About-Face, etc.
Organizations for women's aid, e.g. rape crisis, abortion clinics, eating disorder treatment centers, battered women's shelters, adoption agencies, etc.

STRATEGIES

Earn a Ph.D. to teach and research in the field of Women's Studies at four-year institutions. Master's or Ph.D. is required to teach at two-year colleges. Obtain masters in library/information science or student affairs if interested in those areas. Join related professional associations as a student member. Gain experience through volunteer work or internships. Get involved in leadership roles on campus such as peer mentor, resident advisor, or orientation leader. Develop strong communication and public speaking skills.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2007)
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Last Updated: 3/24/14