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Careers in International Cultural Studies

Several careers in a few different job fields can benefit from a background in international cultural studies. We discuss some of these careers and their job duties, median salaries, expected job growth rates and education requirements.

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Career Options in International Cultural Studies

Studying international cultures can be a large part of several different kinds of careers. These careers may focus on different aspects of culture for various purposes, such as research or writing projects. Learn about some of the career options in international cultural studies here.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Anthropologists and Archeologists $63,190 3%
Sociologists $79,750 0%
Writers and Authors $61,240 8%
Geographers $74,260 6%
Historians $55,110 5%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Careers in International Cultural Studies

Anthropologists and Archeologists

Anthropologists and archeologists often study international cultures, languages and other human characteristics to learn about the origin and behavior of humans. They do this by making observations, conducting interviews and examining archeological remains to collect data that they then analyze. Their findings are typically presented in reports and may have influence on policies and programs that have a cultural impact in a given area. These professionals need a master's or doctoral degree in their respective field, as well as field experience.

Sociologists

Some sociologists may study international cultures, organizations and social institutions to learn more about group and social behavior. Their research usually involves conducting surveys and interviews to test theories about social issues. Once their data is collected and analyzed, they write reports and articles with their findings that may be used to advise policymakers concerning various social issues. Sociologists usually need a master's or doctoral degree, but some positions are available for those with a bachelor's degree.

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors usually have the freedom to write about any subject they choose, which for some may include international cultures and/or topics within the subject area. They may write books, articles for magazines or blogs for websites about various cultural subjects, like music, art, food or customs, after conducting research and/or making observations. Writers and authors usually submit drafts of their work to an editor for revisions and edits, which the writer then incorporates in the final draft for publication. Most of these professionals need a college degree and experience in the field.

Geographers

Geographers study the Earth, including cultural structures, human geographic characteristics and physical characteristics, on a local to global scale. Specifically, human geographers may research cultural topics and how they relate to the physical environment, as well as social, political, environmental or economic topics. Geographers are typically well versed in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to display information and make various kinds of geographic maps. Geographers need at least a bachelor's degree, but many need a master's degree to advance.

Historians

Some historians may incorporate study of international cultures to better understand a particular culture or region's history. They may also research specific historical figures or events through historical documents, interviews and other sources. Historians usually publish their work in articles or books and may help historical sites or museums present historical information and artifacts to the public. Historians usually need a master's or doctoral degree, but some entry-level positions are available to those with a bachelor's degree.

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