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What area I can work with a Chicano and Chicana studies degree ?

I’m currently study Chicano and Chicana studies and I have one more year before graduation. I would love to know any jobs that are related to what I am studying. Thanks

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Brianna’s Answer

Hi, Mariela,

There are a few different paths you can go down including:.

-sociology/anthropology research assistant
-text translator (if you speak Spanish)
-verbal translator (if you speak Spanish)
- on-call interpreter for public institutions (hospitals, police offices, etc.)
-working with museums with Latin American culture exhibits
-Working in community development with NGO groups or state/federal groups
-creation of culturally responsive educational materials for Latino communities for places like the CDC or NHI
-Immigration officer
-Counselor

There are also many more options if you stay in academia to get a Master's or PhD. Some of these options include:

-professor at university/Primary researcher
-social worker
-community development and organization
-teaching K-12 levels


Hope this helps!
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Melody’s Answer

Hello Mariela,

"What can I do with Chicana/o Studies?" Selecting a course of study is not the same as selecting a career, although it is one step in the process toward a number of various career choices. Chicana/o Studies offers you all the benefits of an education rooted in social justice-based traditions, critical thinking, writing, reading, and expression. Additional studies may be necessary; however, students with this degree have gone on to graduate school and careers in education, mass media, marketing, community development, community organizing, social work, medicine, law, and a wide variety of positions in federal, state, and local government. This is a university's definition of what this degree could hold for you to pursue. A job board search revealed many jobs in the community support area. I believe you will have to define what you want to pursue and if additional education will be necessary. It may even be a case of you looking at Chicano communities and identifying a need or support you wish to promote or offer.

Best wishes for your future pursuits.
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Jeanne’s Answer

There are a lot of jobs in the school districts that could use your degree. Think of family advocacy for the hispanic community connecting with resources in schools. Take a look on the website Edjoin if you have any interest in working for school districts there are lots of jobs available and a great need especially in the Central California region.

Jeanne recommends the following next steps:

Search Edjoin.org for opportunities in school districts
See if your college has an education career fair
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