Non-academic Careers for Humanities/Social Science

Sample of Non-Academic Positions Reported by M.A.s and Ph.D.s in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2015

The positions reported here come from Career Services' annual surveys of M.A. and Ph.D. recipients. A substantial majority of Ph.D.s in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Pennsylvania report taking faculty positions in higher education or postdoctoral research appointments. Most of the M.A.s whose positions are reported here entered doctoral programs and subsequently decided not to complete them. 

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Employer, Department
Position Title
Applied Economics, PhD

RAND Corporation, Policy SciencesAssociate Policy Researcher

Federal Reserve System, Research and StatisticsEconomist

Yahoo! ResearchEconomist
Ancient History, MA

Colorado State University, Center for Environmental Management of Military LandsAffiliate Researcher

BloomBoard, Inc.Account Manager
Ancient History, PhD

Milestone Academic Counseling
Anthropology, MA

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Membership and Annual Giving Membership and Annual Giving Coordinator

Please Touch Museum, Outreach (Community Learning)On Call Facilitator

McCann & Geschke, P.C.Paralegal

National Geographic Society, Genographic ProjectDirector of Outreach, North America
Anthropology, PhD

Civilian Complaint Review Board, InvestigationsInvestigator

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Archeology
Archaeological Analyst

Department of Housing and Urban Development, Program Standards and Compliance DivisionDirector

University of Pennsylvania, Biomedical LibraryResearch Librarian

Civilian Complaint Review Board, InvestigationsInvestigator I

National Geographic Society, Genographic ProjectDirector of Outreach, North America
City and Regional Planning, PhD

Land Bank of Taiwan, Trusts DepartmentManager
Classical Studies, MA

University of Pennsylvania, Penn GlobalAdministrative Coordinator

University of Pennsylvania Health System, Application SupportJunior Web Developer/PHP/Ruby on Rails Developer

Illuminated Computing Inc.President
Communication, PhD

World Bank, Operational CommunicationsCommunications Officer

University of Pennsylvania, National Annenberg Election SurveyManaging Director

Instituto de Estudios PeruanosResearcher

Facebook, Research

User Experience Researcher

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Pew Research Journalism Project

Research Associate

PlayCollective, PlayScience Research DepartmentResearch Associate

GoPro, Marketing
Consumer Insights Manager

RTI International, Center for Communication Science
Research Public Health Analyst
Criminology, MS

Defender Association of Philadelphia, Homicide/Special DefenseMitigation Investigator

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, PsychiatryClinical Research Coordinator

Manhattan District Attorney,
Investigative Analyst

Measures for JusticeResearch Assistant

Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore Police ForceSenior Police Officer

New York City Department of Investigation, Office of the Inspector General for NYPD
Policy Analyst

Criminology, PhD

McClanahan Associates, Inc.CEO/President

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), ResearchResearch Associate
Demography, PhD

Centro de Estudios y Encuestas Longitudinales UCConsultant
East Asian Languages and Civilization, MA

Asian Art Museum, DevelopmentGrant Writer

Sebastian Ward, LLCLead Designer, Chief Executor
East Asian Languages and Civilization, MA

Areteem Institute, Department of International Student
Student Service Specialist

SmartStudy, SmartivySenior Consultor & Vice President Assistant

Tencent, Interactive Entertainment GroupManager
East Asian Languages and Civilization, PhD

Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, Gyeonggi Provincial MuseumCurator
Economics, MA

Mexican Ministry of Finance, Undersecretary of RevenueDirector for Implementation of Fiscal Terms of Oil Contracts

Bank of ItalyResearch Assistant

McKinsey & Co.Business Analyst

Mercer, Retirement Risk and FinanceActuarial Analyst
Economics, PhD

Banca d'Italia, Financial StabilityFellow

Federal Reserve Board, International FinanceEconomist

Bank of Canada, Currency DepartmentSenior Analyst

Central Bank of Chile, ResearchSenior Economist

FDIC, ResearchResearcher

World Bank, Research GroupResearcher

IMPAQ International, LLCResearch Associate/Economist

Cornerstone ResearchAssociate

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Research and StatisticsEconomist

International Monetary Fund, Fiscal Affairs DepartmentEconomist

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Research and Statistics DivisionEconomist
English, MA

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Chambers of Howard R. LloydAdministrative Law Clerk

English, PhD

University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and ManuscriptsLibrary Specialist

Cornell University, Flora Rose House, West Campus House SystemHouse Assistant Dean
Ethics & Legal Studies, PhD

The Napa Group
Ethnomusicology, PhD

Copywriting Intern
Fine Arts, MFA

Tinsel Trading Company, Art/DesignArtist Assistant

Atlanta History Center, Kenan Research Center ArchivesManager of Reprographic Services

University of Pennsylvania, Fine ArtsPhotography Technician
Folklore and Folklife, PhD

Federal Bureau of InvestigationIntelligence Analyst
Germanic Languages and Literatures, PhD

Google, Internal CommunicationsSenior Associate
Health Care Management & Economics, PhD

Pascal MetricsDirector of Applied Science

Amgen, Inc., Global Health EconomicsManager
History, PhD

Council on International Education and Exchange (CIEE)Instructor

Study Point

University of Mary Washington, Papers of James MonroeAssistant Editor

Vermont Academy, HistoryTeacher

Newberry College, Academic Affairs and Humanities DepartmentDirector of Veterans Affairs and Adult Mentoring Services, Instructor History Department

McNeil Center for Early American StudiesInterim Director of Scholarly Programs

Council on International Education and Exchange (CIEE)Instructor
History and Sociology of Science, MS

Boston Consulting GroupConsultant
History and Sociology of Science, PhD

National Museum of American History, Smithosnian Institution, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and InnovationHistorian
Insurance and Risk Management, PhD

United States GovernmentEconomist
History of Art, PhD

Development Director
Linguistics, PhD

Hermit Thrush BreweryBrewer and Sales Associate

Course Manager

US Government Accountability OfficeAnalyst

American Israel Public Affairs Committee, CommunicationsSenior Editor

Educational Testing ServiceAssociate Research Scientist

POPVOX.comChief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Appen Butler Hill, Inc., Linguistic (Vietnamese)Consultant

UdacityCourse Manager

Center for Spoken Language Understanding, Oregon Health & Science University, Computer Science and EngineeringSenior Research Associate
Marketing, MS

Quantitative Researcher

Cool de Sac, MarketingMarketing Director
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, PhD

Bryn Mawr College, Office of the PresidentResearch Associate

Human Rights First, Public Interest FellowshipPublic Interest Fellow

University of Pennsylvania, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Registrar's OfficeDatabase Employee
Operations Information Management and Decision Processes, PhD

McKinsey & Company, Operations PracticeAssociate

Broad Street AnalyticsChief Operating Officer
Organizational Dynamics, MS

Heidrick & StrugglesAssociate

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Project Manager

Willis Group, M&A GroupSenior Vice President (Sr Project Manager)
Philosophy, MA

National Planning Department - Colombia, Science, Technology and Innovation Subdivision

University of Pennsylvania, LibrariesEducation Commons Librarian

Kobre & Kim LLPFinancial and Legal Analyst
Political Science, PhD

Library of Congress, Congressional Research ServiceAnalyst in American National Government
Public Administration, MPA

Senior Policy Analyst

Philly Rising
Deputy Executive Director

Sayre Health CenterEducation Coordinator

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy CenterResearch and Administrative Coordinator
Religious Studies, PhD

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of FairfaxIntern Minister
Romance Languages, PhD

Quinnipiac University, HumanitiesAssistant Dean of Career Services

Universidad del Este, Coleccion Nilita Vientos GastonDirector

The Waterford School, Foreign Language Dept
Sociology, PhD

Gartner, Product Development and DeliveryBusiness Associate

US Census Bureau, Health and Disabilities Statistics BranchStatistician

United States Census Bureau

FluidEdge Consulting, Inc., Healthcare ConsultingHealthcare Consultant

Deloitte, Federal AVA Data AnalyticsConsultant

SRA International, CivilSenior Research Data Analyst

FluidEdge Consulting, Inc., Informatics
South Asia Studies, PhD

Schade EngineeringResearch Archivist

Global Connections
Program Coordinator
Statistics, PhD


Credit Suisse, Fixed Income ResearchAssociate

Krossover Intelligence Inc., Management TeamCo-Founder and Director of Analytics


United States Census Bureau, Statistical Research DivisionResearch Mathematical Statistician

Yahoo Inc., Yahoo LabResearch Scientist

LinkedIn Corporation, Decision SciencesSenior Data Scientist

Amazon Inc., Research Science
Research Scientist

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