Global Gender Studies : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Graduates of the program are prepared for graduate work in gender studies, law, counseling, public advocacy, and social sciences. They are qualified for positions in such areas as social work, community agencies, and education. Global Gender Studies challenges students to do their best thinking, teaches them critical reasoning and writing skills, and gives them perspectives unavailable as a by-product of traditional disciplinary fields of study. A program in Global Gender Studies is, in the best tradition of education in the liberal arts, well suited to careers requiring skill in thinking, writing, planning, analyzing, and innovating.

Skills gained in this program include:
  • Interpreting policy
  • Directing individuals to resources that can assist them
  • Organizing community action, and collecting funds to support an action
  • Analyzing policymaking processes, behaviors, and power struggles
  • Interacting effectively with individuals or groups to obtain information
  • Using surveys and interview techniques for research
  • Writing clear and concise reports
  • Predicting the impact of change on quality of life
  • Supplying historical perspective with information on past experiences
  • Recommending measures to deal with social problems
  • Predicting how groups will react to new institutions or social changes/pressures
  • Adapting approaches used in public relations, marketing, and politics to different populations
  • Applying knowledge of human relationships

Sampling of Transferable Skills: Organizing and meeting deadlines, analyzing, critical thinking, researching, compiling and analyzing data, teaching, interpreting policy, communicating, persuading/influencing, selling, coordinating, counseling, planning, and helping people.

Career Choices

Global Gender studies is valuable for any career choice, because it provides an atmosphere in which intellectual inquiry and high vocational goals are encouraged; it acknowledges and promotes confidence and competence; and it prepares individuals directly for jobs in affirmative action, public policy, and professional and community organizations and social service agencies. It is also excellent preparation for graduate school and other forms of continuing education.

Graduates have pursued some of the following careers:
  • Admissions counselor
  • Affirmative action worker
  • Biographer
  • Business manager
  • Career counselor
  • Community service agency director
  • Consultant
  • Educator
  • Financial planner
  • Health policy planner
  • Hospital administrator
  • Human service worker
  • Investment counselor
  • Job developer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal advocate
  • Market research analyst
  • Planned parenthood counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social worker
  • Women's rights advocate

Work Settings include:
  • Advertising agencies
  • Book publishers
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Childcare/adoption agencies
  • College alumnae associations
  • Community organizations
  • Economic development councils
  • Economic research foundations
  • Educational institutions
  • Health organizations
  • Judicial system
  • Labor unions
  • Management consulting firms
  • Market research firms
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Public relations firms
  • Scouting organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Television and radio stations
  • Women's rights organizations

Government Agencies
  • Civil Rights Commission
  • Consumer Affairs Office
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • County Probation departments
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Labor
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • National Telecommunications Information Administration
  • Small Business Administration

Career Hints

Employers are seeking candidates with experience and those who have developed their skills from that experience. Internships, part-time work, summer employment, and/or further education can enhance a graduate's employability in their chosen career area.

Salary Information

Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:20 EST