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Places of Employment

Theater arts majors develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation, & problem solving skills. Students and alumni may find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising and Career Services' jobs database where employers indicated an interest in recruiting students majoring in theater arts. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for theater arts majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

For additional ideas, review this list of employers who posted jobs for students majoring in Arts and Letters:

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Advising & Career Services' Resources

  • 100 Best Careers in Entertainment by Shelly Field
  • Breaking & Entering: Land Your First Job in Film Production by April Fitzsimmons.
  • Career Opportunities in Television, Cable, Video, and Multimedia, fourth edition, by Maxine K. Reed and Rober M. Reed.
  • Career Opportunities in Theater and the Performing Arts, second edition by Shelly Field.
  • Careers for Film Buffs & Other Hollywood Types by Jaq Greenspon.
  • Real People Working in Entertainment by Jan Goldberg.

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Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n.

  • Actor
  • Children's Theater Artistic/Executive Director
  • Commercials Actor
  • Costume Director
  • Film Editor
  • Sound Editor/Foley Artist
  • Stage Technician Training Coordinator
  • Stunt Coordinator/Performer
  • Theater Dresser
  • Theater Set/Display Builder
  • Voice-Over Actor

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Theater Arts Majors

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Internet Sites with Job Search Resources for Theater Arts Majors

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Professional Associations

Oregon/Washington Theater Companies

Additional Resources

Department of Theater Arts - Portland State University

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