What Can I do With a Degree in Theater Arts?

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Oregon/Washington Theater Companies

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Sites with Job Search Resources for Theater Arts Majors

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    Professional Associations

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    Additional Arts-Related Resources

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    Need an Agent?

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    Sites with Career-Related Information for Theater Arts Majors

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    Vocational Biographies

    Vocational Biographies is a resource that 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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    Career-Related Books Available in Advising & Career Services

    • 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 Culture Lovers and Other Artsy Types by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler
    • Careers for Film Buffs & Other Hollywood Types by Jaq Greenspon.
    • Great Jobs for Theater Majors by Jan Goldberg
    • Real People Working in Entertainment by Jan Goldberg
    • The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People by Carol Eikleberry

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      Careers Reported by Theater Majors

      The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in theater. 

      Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go to the Standard Occupational Classification system.

      • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
      • Managers
      • Postsecondary Teachers
      • Lawyers and Judges
      • Education Administrators
      • Secondary School Teachers
      • Registered Nurses
      • Social Workers
      • Accountants and Auditors
      • Designers
      • Chief Executives and Legislators
      • Counselors
      • Producers and Directors
      • Marketing and Sales Managers
      • Physicians and Surgeons
      • Actors
      • General and Operations Managers
      • Management Analysts
      • Medical and Health Services Managers
      • Human Resources Workers
      • Writers and Authors
      • Special Education Teachers
      • Financial Managers
      • Social and Community Service Managers
      • Artists and Related Workers
      • Software Developers
      • Computer Systems Analysts
      • Computer and Information Systems Managers
      • Police Officers
      • Computer Support Specialists
      • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
      • Human Resources Managers
      • Personal Financial Advisors
      • Compliance Officers
      • Web Developers
      • Computer Programmers
      • Business Operations Specialists
      • Photographers
      • Editors
      • Librarians
      • Fundraisers
      • Athletes and  Coaches
      • Musicians and Singers
      • Psychologists
      • Dentists
      • Physical Scientists
      • Entertainers and Performers
      • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
      • Operations Research Analysts
      • Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians
      • Physical Therapists
      • Purchasing Managers
      • Public Relations Specialists
      • Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors
      • Training and Development Specialists
      • Industrial Production Managers
      • Agents and Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
      • Logisticians
      • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
      • Occupational Therapists
      • Technical Writers
      • Media and Communication Workers
      • Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives
      • Directors, Religious Activities and Education
      • Pharmacists
      • Physician Assistants
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
      • News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
      • Advertising and Promotions Managers
      • Insurance Underwriters
      • Firefighters
      • Database Administrators
      • Speech-Language Pathologists
      • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
      • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
      • Training and Development Managers
      • Dancers and Choreographers
      • Financial Analysts
      • Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians
      • Budget Analysts
      • Compensation and Benefits Managers
      • Recreational Therapists

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      School of Theater + Film - Portland State University

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