What Can I do With a Degree in Black Studies?

The information on this page is designed to help you explore possible careers. We recommend working with a career counselor to help you identify careers based on your skills, interests, and values.

Careers Chosen by Black Studies Majors

Black Studies majors develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, & problem solving skills. Students and alumni may find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses depending on their skills, interests, values, and experience. 

Robert Fikes, Jr. developed What Can I Do with a Black Studies Major?   500+ Answers (4th Edition, 2015) while working as a librarian at  San Diego State University.

Here's a list of some of the roles chosen by Black Studies majors:

  • Academic Advisors
  • Actors
  • Advertising Directors
  • Directors of After School Programs
  • Art Critics
  • Art Museum Directors
  • Artistic Directors
  • Astronauts
  • Athletic Directors
  • Attorneys (civil rights, corporate, defense, prosecutors, entertainment, immigration, etc)
  • Authors
  • Bar Association Presidents
  • Broadcast Journalists
  • Case Managers
  • Chemists
  • Chiropractors
  • Choreographers
  • City Managers
  • Clinical Dietitians
  • College / University Faculty
  • College / University Presidents
  • Comic Book Artists
  • Communications Directors
  • Community Activists
  • Computer Analysts
  • Consultants
  • Curators
  • Dancers
  • Dentists
  • Deputy District Attorneys
  • Directors of Arts Schools
  • Directors of College Counseling for High School Students
  • Editors and Senior Editors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Environmental Health Specialists
  • Environmentalists
  • Executive Directors for Nonprofits and Federal Government Agencies
  • Filmmakers
  • Financial Representatives
  • Foreign Service Officers
  • Founders of nonprofits
  • Graphic Designers
  • Head Coaches
  • Human Resource Generalists
  • Information Security Consultants
  • IT Directors
  • Judges
  • Law School Faculty and Deans
  • Legislative Assistants
  • Librarians and Archivists
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologists
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Lobbyists
  • Magazine Writers
  • Marketing Strategists
  • Mayors
  • Medical Directors of University Health Centers
  • Medical Journalists
  • Medical Researchers
  • Medical School Faculty
  • Middle School Teachers
  • Models
  • Multimedia Artists
  • Muralists
  • Musicians
  • News Correspondents
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Painters
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives
  • Physicians (Forensic Psychiatrists, Obstetricians, Neurosurgeons, etc) 
  • Poets
  • Policy Analysts / Senior Policy Analysts
  • Political Campaign Consultants
  • Presidents and Vice Presidents of Corporations
  • Private Wealth Management Analysts
  • Professional and Olympic Athletes
  • Public Library Directors
  • Rhodes Scholars
  • Screenwriters
  • Sculptors
  • Social Workers
  • Software Engineers
  • State Senators
  • Tax Specialists
  • Television Producers
  • Union Leaders
  • United States Ambassadors
  • Veterinarians
  • Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs

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