Careers in Global Studies

Economics

Individuals who have earned a degree in economics have learned about business cycles and consumer choice and have developed the analytical skills that are needed in every industry. Positions are often found in the financial sector, federal, state and local governments, and colleges and universities.

Some potential career choices are:

  • Bank Manager
  • Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Statistician

Geography

Geography majors have examined how the physical environment and features, culture and population interact to explain the various patterns and places seen throughout the world. The field offers a wide variety of career opportunities in business, government and teaching and in both the public and private sectors.

Some potential career choices are:

  • Cartographer/Mapmaker
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Geographer
  • Surveyor
  • Urban Planner

History

In the study of history, students gain an understanding of the world today by exploring the changing facets of societies - their politics, economics, arts, religion and family structure - over time. There are numerous career choices for individuals with a history degree, including careers in journalism, government research, public administration, historic preservation and teaching. Additionally, history is one of the most popular majors for students wishing to enter law school.

Some potential career choices are:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Educator
  • Genealogist
  • Historian
  • Lawyer

Political Science

Political science is the study of governments — their procedures and policies — and the political behavior of citizens and public ofiicials. Students who study political science acquire the ability to conceptualize, to think analytically and to communicate effectively. These skills are good preparation for positions in government service at the federal, state or local level, lobbying with special interst groups or businesses policy research, journalism and campaign work.

Some potential career choices are:

  • Campaign Staffer
  • Congressional/Legislative Aide
  • Legislator
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Pollster

On the Web

These websites provide additional information on potential careers:

American Association for State and Local History
American Congress of Surveying and Mapping
American Economic Association
American Geographical Society
American Historical Association
American League of Lobbyists
American Political Science Association
American Society for Public Administration
Federal Jobs (USAJOBS)
National Association for Business Economics
National Council on Public History
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Connecticut Department of Labor, Labor Market Information
United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Last Update: March 28 2012
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