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Want to see how your major relates to possible careers? Review this list of majors and use the search box to help connect your major to a career that interests you.

Learn about possible job titles, internships obtained by NIU students, and employers who have hired NIU graduates from the major.

Arts, Media and Communications

Possible Job Titles
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Professor
  • Web Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Artist
  • Art Therapist
  • Screen Printing Director
  • Medical/Technical Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Studio Artist
  • Book Illustrator
  • Art Teacher
  • Cartoonist
  • CAD Designer
  • Graphic Arts Technician
  • 3-D Artist
  • Interior Designer
  • Print Production Manager
  • Print Technician
  • Production Artist
  • Textile Designer
  • Art Director/Creative Director
  • Museum Curator
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Painter
  • Photographer
Possible Employers
  • Adult and Community Programs
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Apparel Manufacturers/Textile Mills
  • Art Studios
  • Auction Houses
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Corporate Medial Departments
  • Cultural Institutions
  • Design Firms
  • Department/Retail Stores
  • Federal/State/Local Government
  • Film/Motion Pictures
  • Galleries
  • Hospitals/Nursing Homes
  • Internet Media Companies
  • Interior/Commercial/Residential Design Firms
  • Jewelers
  • Libraries
  • Local Historical Societies
  • Magazines/Newspapers & Trade Publications
  • Media Production Companies
  • Museums
  • Non-Profit Organizations  
  • Photo Agencies & Studios
  • Print Shops
  • Private/Local Arts Councils
  • Public/Private Art Schools
  • Rehabilitation Centers K-12 Schools
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Ellwood House Museum
  • Equestrian Connection, Chicago
  • Disney World
  • Hoofprint Press
  • Northern Illinois University, Career Services
  • Northern Illinois University, Media Services
  • Warrenville Historical Society
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
Visual Communication (Graphic Design)
  • AbbVie
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Caterpillar
  • Chicago Sky
  • College of DuPage
  • ColorBurst Screen Printing
  • Deloitte
  • Epsilon
  • Fashion World
  • Fjord
  • Google
  • Grainger
  • IBM
  • Illinois Institute of Art
  • Jockey International
  • John Deere Revolution Technologies
  • Knoed Creative
  • Luma Pictures
  • NEXT/NOW
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Optimus
  • PanCom International
  • Pepsi
  • Razorfish
  • State Farm
  • Think Kaleidoscope
  • Thirst
  • Upshot
  • VSA Partners
Illustration
  • Amgen, Inc.
  • Animated Storyboards
  • Arc Worldwide
  • Atom Switch
  • Bradford Group
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Creata
  • Diadem Studios
  • Ellegro Learning Solutions
  • Emmi Solutions
  • Epic Games
  • Fox Entertainment
  • Groupon
  • iCanvas
  • id Software
  • IllFonic
  • Image Comics
  • Incentivefox
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Larson-Juhl
  • Martens & Kiefer Biovisualization
  • Pop! Goes the Icon
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Raven Software
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Scientific Games
  • Surge Innovations
  • The Onion
  • Think Kaleidoscope
  • Tootsie Roll Industries
  • UWorld
Art Education
  • Algonquin Middle School
  • Cambridge Lakes Charter School, Pingree
  • Carl Sandburg Junior High, Rolling Meadows
  • Chicago Math & Science Academy
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • DeKalb High School
  • Dundee Crown High School
  • East Denver High School, Colorado
  • Fox River Academy of Music & Art, Oswego
  • Franklin Middle School, Wheaton
  • Hanover Highlands Elementary School, Hanover Park
  • Holy Cross School, Batavia
  • Hsuan Chuang University, Taiwan
  • Louse White School, Batavia
  • Lyons Township High School
  • Lundahl Middle School, Crystal Lake
  • Metea Valley High School, Aurora
  • Naperville Central High School
  • Nequa Valley High School, Naperville
  • Oak Park Elementary School
  • Percy Julian Middle School, Oak Park
  • Plainfield High School
  • Reavis High School, Burbank
  • Robert Frost Middle School, Markham
  • Rockford Legacy Academy of Excellence
  • Rockford Public Schools
  • Romeoville High School
  • Schaumburg High School
  • St. Charles East High School
  • Thurgood Marshall School, Rockford
  • U46-Elgin, Elementary and High School
  • Uno Charter Schools, Chicago
  • Washington DC-CCPCS Charter School
  • Waubonsie Valley High School, Aurora
  • Wheatland Elementary School, Oswego
  • Wheaton-Warrenville High School
Art History
  • Aldo Castillo Gallery
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Aspen Art Museum
  • Blue Orchid Studios
  • Chicago History Museum
  • College of DuPage
  • Field Museum
  • Fitzgerald APD
  • Linda Warren Projects
  • Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
  • Midwest Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • North Suburban Library District
  • Northern Illinois University Art Museum
  • Northwestern University Block Museum
  • OC Creative
  • POP!NK
  • St. Ambrose University Library
  • Stolen Space Gallery, London
  • True Spirit Art
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Studio Arts (Ceramics, Drawing, Sculpture, Fiber, Foundations, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking)
  • Dean Harris Fine Jewelry, Inc.
  • House of Swanke Clothing
  • Jared Jewelry
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Boston University
  • California State University
  • Canadian Centre for Architecture
  • Cornell University
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Dominican University
  • Herron School of Art and Design - IUPUI
  • Louisiana State University
  • Miami of Ohio
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Notre Dame
  • Royal College of Art, London
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M – Corpus Christie
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Kent, UK
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Washington University
  • Western Illinois University
Professional Associations
  • American Art Therapy Association
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • National Art Education Association
  • The Association of Art Museum Curators

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Administrative Analyst
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Bill & Account Collectors
  • Communications Officer
  • Cultural Tutor
  • Development Coordinator
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Event Planner
  • Fund Raising Specialist
  • Human Resources, Training & Labor Relations Managers and Specialists
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Non-Profit Marketing Coordinator
  • Property, Real Estate & Community Association Manager
  • Public Affairs Representative
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Real Estate Agent & Broker
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales Service Representative
  • Sales Worker Supervisors
  • Speech Writer
  • Telemarketer
  • Travel Agent
Sample Employers
Organizational/Corporate and Communication, Culture & Advocacy
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Convention Centers
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Corporate Communications Departments
  • Economic Development Firms
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Marketing Firms or Departments
  • News Media
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Political Office Holders
  • Political Parties
  • Public Relations Agencies
  • Real Estate Development Firms
  • Universities & Colleges
Media Studies
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Associated Press
  • Cable Systems
  • Catalog Firms
  • College & Universities
  • Film Studios
  • Industry Film Producers
  • Magazine Firms
  • Market Research Firms
  • Music Video Producers
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Program Production Studios
  • Public Relations Agencies
  • Radio Stations
  • Specialty Advertising Firms
  • Television Stations
  • Trade/Publishing Firms
  • Trade Associations
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Abbott Nutrition International
  • Batavia Television
  • C.H. Robinson
  • CDW
  • Central States Communication Association
  • Cherry Valley Police Department
  • City of DeKalb
  • City of DeKalb Public Access Television
  • Crawford Broadcasting
  • Crusader Community Health
  • DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
  • Enterprise
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Good Intentions
  • Greenlee Textron
  • Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen, P.C.
  • Hollister Inc.
  • Hub Group
  • Jewel Osco
  • Kiefer Sports Group
  • Kish Health Systems Foundation
  • Kohl’s
  • Latini-Hohberger Dhimantec
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • NIU Athletics – Marketing
  • NIU Creative Services Media
  • Northern Public Radio
  • Northern Star
  • Open Road Incredible Edibles
  • Santori Public Library of Aurora
  • Summer Film Camp (NIU)
  • Target
  • TCF Bank
  • UTC Aerospace
  • WIFR 23-CBS
  • Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office
  • WMAQ NBC5 Chicago
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Actress - SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)
  • Anesthesia O.R. Scheduler Specialist - Froedtert & Medical Colleges of Wisconsin
  • Assistant Professor of Communication - Fresno State University
  • Assistant rental manager - Penske Truck Leasing
  • Baseball communications assistant - Minnesota Twins
  • Corporate account manager - Workplace Systems
  • Dean, Business & Social Sciences - Normandale Community College
  • Dean, Health & Industrial Technology - Prairie State College
  • Editor - Lugo Entertainment
  • Executive Producer - “Windy City Live,” WLS-TV
  • Event coordinator - Lido Beach Resort
  • Financial representative - Northwestern Mutual
  • General assignment reporter – WICS ABC 20
  • HR Team - Abbott
  • Instructional Designer – Kohl’s
  • Interim dean, Liberal Arts - William Rainey Harper College
  • Paralegal - Strow Law, LCC
  • Producer – Metromix
  • Producer/editor - Disney ABC Television Group
  • Production editor - Infinity Ward
  • Public speaker/consultant - Empowering Victims & Activists Alliance
  • Recruiter – Chase Professionals
  • Recruiting manager - Mark/Ryan Associates
  • Reporter – New England Cable News
  • Sales manager - U.S. Cellular
  • Videographer - National Safety Council
  • Web developer- TCS Education System
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • DePaul University
  • Indiana University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Robert Morris University
  • University of Illinois
Professional Associations
  • American Advertising Federation
  • American Communication Association
  • American Marketing Association
  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • Illinois News Broadcasters Association
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • National Communication Association
  • National Society of Hispanic Journalists
  • Public Relations Society of America
  • Society of Broadcast Engineers
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • The International Association of Business Communicators

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
Business/Sales
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Attorney
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Media Buyer
  • Meeting and Convention Planner
  • Property, Real Estate & Community Association Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Retail Manager
  • Staffing Recruiter
  • Sales Representative in Journalism & Publishing
Education
  • Admission Representative
  • College Student Affairs Specialist
  • College Faculty/Instructor
  • K-12 Teacher
  • K-12 Media Specialist
  • TESOL Instructor
Government/Social Services
  • Congressional Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Local Government Administrator
  • Fundraising Specialist
  • Grant Writer
  • Non-Profit Program Manager
Digital Communications
  • Blogger
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Copywriter
  • Web Content Strategist
Resource Development/Management
  • Archivist
  • Cataloguer
  • Curator
  • Librarian
  • Research Assistant/Associate
Writing/Publishing
  • Children’s Literature Author
  • Copy Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Novelist
  • Proofreader
  • Reporter/Correspondent
  • Science Writer
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Writer
Possible Employers
  • Advertising & Marketing Agencies
  • Book Publishers
  • Education
  • Financial Firms
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Magazines
  • Media – Television Networks & Radio Stations
  • Medical Institutions
  • Newspapers
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Political Parties
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Industry
  • Website Developers
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation
  • NIU – Department of English
  • NIU – Media and Public Relations
  • NIU – Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
  • NIU – School of Theatre & Dance
  • NIU – STEM Outreach
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
Professional Associations
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Copy Editors Society
  • American Library Association
  • Association of American Publishers
  • Association of Magazine Media
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Public Relations Society of America – Suburban Chicago Chapter
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Society for Technical Communication

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Airline Employee
  • Arbitrator
  • Broadcaster/Journalist
  • Case Worker/Case Manager
  • College/University Faculty
  • Consultant
  • Copy Writer
  • Court Interpreter
  • Court Reporting and Broadcast Captioning
  • Cultural Tutor
  • Customer Service Telephone Interpreter
  • Customs and Border Patrol Agent
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Immigration/Naturalization Agent
  • International College Student Advisor
  • Interpreter
  • Language Analyst
  • Language Specialist - Federal
  • Lawyer
  • Linguist
  • News Writer, Reporter, Correspondent
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer & Detective
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Proofreader
  • Relocation Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Secondary Education Teacher
  • Study Abroad Program Advisor/Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Advisor
  • Travel Services/Booking Representative
Possible Employers
  • Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Airlines/Airports
  • American Schools Abroad
  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • Car Rental Agencies
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Cruise Lines
  • Foreign Aid Agencies
  • Foreign News Agencies
  • Foreign Study Exchange Programs
  • Freelance Translation Services
  • Homeland Security
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels/Motels/Resorts
  • Immigration Assistance Agencies
  • Import/Export Companies
  • International Banks
  • International Businesses
  • Language Schools
  • Law Firms Specializing in Immigration
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Peace Corps/VISTA/AmeriCorps
  • Religious and Volunteer Organizations
  • Retail Stores
  • Schools
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Tour and Excursion Companies
  • Trade Firms
  • Translation/Interpretation Firms
  • United Nations
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • US Customs and Border Patrol
  • US Department of State
  • US Social Security Administration
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Casa de Carina
  • College Works Painting
  • Conexión Comunidad
  • Entreamigos (Mexico)
  • Interpro Translation Solutions
  • Jewel-Osco
  • Love and Faith in Action
  • NIU – Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Aerotek
  • Casa Central: Hispanics Serving the Community
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Corporate Traveler USA
  • Discovery Center Museum
  • Erie Family Health Center
  • Grainger
  • Guerrero Howe
  • Hanna Andersson
  • IKEA
  • Kane County Health Department
  • Microsoft
  • Nevada State Democratic Party
  • Prairie State Legal Services Inc.
  • Rockford Public Library
  • St. Charles CUSD #303
  • Univar
  • YMCA
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Michigan State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professional Associations
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • American Translators Association
  • International Association of Conference Interpreters
  • International Federation of Translators
  • International Medical Interpreters Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Midwest Association of Translators & Interpreters
  • Modern Language Association
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators
  • National Council on Interpreting in Health Care

Overview of Major

Sample Job Titles/Occupations
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, & Sales Managers
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Book/Film Critic
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Communications Officer
  • Copy Editor
  • Copy Writer
  • Correspondent
  • Court Reporting & Broadcast Captioning
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Fund Raising Specialist
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Medical Writer
  • News Analysts, Reporters & Correspondents
  • News Writer/Editor/Producer
  • Newspaper Sales Representative
  • Novelist/Screenwriter
  • Paralegal
  • Photographers & Camera Operators
  • Public Affairs Representative
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter/News Anchor                  
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Writers & Editors
Sample Employers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Broadcasting Agencies
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Communication Departments
  • Corporations
  • Government Agencies
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Market Research Firms
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Political Parties
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Companies
  • School Districts
  • TV and Radio Stations
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Big Shoulders Digital Video Productions
  • Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See
  • Central States Communication Association
  • City of Chicago: Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
  • Comcast SportsNet
  • Exact Publicity
  • iHeart Media
  • Kishwaukee United Way (marketing)
  • Northern Public Radio WNIJ
  • Rochelle News Leader
  • The Daily 411
  • WIFR-TV (CBS)
  • WTHR-TV (NBC)
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Executive Producer – WLS-TV (ABC)
  • General Assignment Reporter – KDVR-TV (FOX)
  • Morning Show Producer – WREX-TV (NBC)
  • Multimedia Journalist – WNDU-TV (NBC)
  • News Producer – WYFF-TV (NBC)
  • News Producer – WBAY-TV (ABC)
  • News Producer – KWQC-TV (NBC)
  • News Producer – WIFR-TV (CBS)
  • News Reporter- KOLN-TV (CBS)
  • News Reporter - WBAY-TV (ABC)
  • News Reporter – WBND-TV (ABC)
  • News Reporter – WTVP-TV (ABC)
  • News Reporter – WCIA-TV (CBS)
  • On-Air Meteorologist - WIFR-TV (CBS)
  • Photographer/Editor – WTMJ-TV (NBC)
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • DePaul University
  • National Louis University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of North Texas
Professional Associations
  • American Press Institute
  • Association of Magazine Media
  • International Federation of Journalists
  • International Journalists' Network
  • Investigative Reports & Editors
  • The Journalistic Resource
  • Journalism and Women's Symposium
  • National Association of Broadcasters
  • National Press Club Online
  • Radio and Television News Directors Association
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • National Society of Hispanic Journalists
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Public Relations Society of America
  • Society of Environmental Journalists
  • Illinois News Broadcasters Association

Overview of Major

Sample Job Titles/Occupations
  • Account Director
  • Arts Editor
  • Audio technician/engineer
  • Band Leader
  • Composer/Director
  • Creative Arts Pastor
  • Disc Jockey, Video Jockey, Radio Host
  • Editor/Writer
  • Entertainment Lawyer
  • Film Music Director/Editor
  • Label Manager
  • Multimedia Engineer
  • Music Administrator
  • Music Attorney
  • Music Critic
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Marketing Professional
  • Music Producer
  • Music Publisher
  • Music References and Research Librarian
  • Music Sales Professional
  • Music Teacher/Professor
  • Music Therapist
  • Musical Director
  • Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
  • Musician
  • Performing Artist
  • Piano Technician (instrument restoration)
  • Production/Operations Coordinator
  • Promoter/Tour Manager/Publicist
  • Session Musician
  • Song or Jingle Writer
  • Special Events Organizer
  • Stage Manager
  • Studio Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Manager
Sample Employers
  • Amusement Parks
  • Booking/Talent Agencies
  • Cable Stations
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Concert Halls
  • Elementary/Secondary Schools
  • Film Studios
  • Freelance Firms
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Magazine Companies
  • Media firms/law firms
  • Music Companies
  • Music Stores
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Night Clubs
  • Orchestras
  • Publishing Companies
  • Record Producers
  • Recording Studios
  • Religious Organizations
  • Software Developers
  • Symphonies
  • Theatres
  • Travel & Tourism Department
  • TV & Radio Stations
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Augustana College
  • Big Hollow Middle School
  • Bright TALK
  • British School of Chicago
  • Brownbass Music (music production)
  • Dakota State University (instructor of audio production)
  • East Aurora School District
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Freeport School District
  • Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
  • Interlake Corporation
  • Naperville Community Unit School District
  • North Shore School District
  • Palos Park Presbyterian Church
  • Pearson Learning Solutions
  • Plainfield Community Consolidated School District
  • Richmond-Burton Community High School
  • Underground Squirrel Studio (owner/entrepreneur)
  • Wells Fargo
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • City University of New York
  • Florida State University
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
Professional Associations
  • The Acoustical Society of America
  • American Music Therapy Association
  • The American Federation of Musicians
  • The College Music Society
  • Music Library Association
  • Music Teachers National Association
  • National Association for Music Education
  • National Band Association
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • Society for Music Theory

Overview of Major

Sample Job Titles/Occupations
  • Acting Coach
  • Actor (Theatre, Film, Television)
  • Agent
  • Announcer for Television or Radio
  • Booking Agent
  • Business Manager
  • Casting Agent/.Director  
  • Communication Consultant
  • Development Associate
  • Dialect Coach
  • Director
  • Drama Coach
  • Entertainment Promoter
  • Producer
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Set Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Talent Manager
  • Voice-over-Artist
  • Writer/Playwright  
Sample Employers
  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Arts Councils
  • Colleges/Universities/Schools 
  • Community Organizations
  • Cruise Lines
  • Dance Companies
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Festivals
  • Film Studios
  • Performing Artist Troupes
  • Performing Arts Organizations
  • Production Companies
  • Radio Stations
  • Talent Agencies
  • Television/Cable Networks
  • Theaters
  • Touring Companies
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Adventure Stage Chicago
  • Goodman Theatre Chicago
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
  • Disney World, Orlando, FL
  • Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, ON
  • Center Stage Productions, South Holland, IL
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company Chicago
  • Steep Theatre Company Chicago
  • SummerNITE
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Northern Illinois University

Overview of Major

Sample Job Titles/Occupations
  • Agent
  • Assistant Dramaturg/Literary Manager
  • Assistant Technical Director
  • Associate Producer
  • Carpenter and Scenic Artist
  • Casting Director
  • Costume Designer
  • Director/Producer
  • Editor
  • Exhibit Designer 
  • Lighting Designer/Engineer
  • Make-Up artist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Production Assistant
  • Props Designer
  • Rigger
  • Scenic Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Special Effects Specialist
  • Stage Manager
  • Stylist Talent Agent
  • Talent Manager
  • Teacher
  • Technical Director
  • Visual Effects Specialist
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Writer/Playwright
Job Titles Requiring Additional Education
  • Arts Council Director
  • Attorney
  • Business Manager
  • Community Arts Center Director
  • Managing Director
  • College Professor
  • Literary Agent
  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Arts Councils
  • Colleges/Universities/Schools 
  • Community Organizations
  • Communications/Media Companies  
  • Dance Companies
  • Educational/Cultural Institutions
  • Entertainment Law Firms
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Festivals
  • Film Studios
  • Industrial Shows
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Performing Artist Troupes
  • Performing Arts Organizations
  • Production Companies
  • Television/Cable Networks/Radio Stations 
  • Theatres
  • Touring Performance Companies
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • UPSTAGING
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Apple Tree Theatre
  • Barton Mural & Trompe L’Oeil Studios
  • Chicago Scenic Studios 
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier
  • Court Theatre
  • Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
  • DePaul Opera Theatre
  • Drury Lane Theatre
  • Goodman Theatre Chicago
  • Guthrie Theater
  • Jewell Theatre Company
  • Light Opera Works
  • Lookingglass Theatre Chicago
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Northlight Theatre
  • Schuler Shook
  • StarQuest International
  • Steppenwolf Studio  
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • UPSTAGING
  • Williams Gerard Productions 
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Northern Illinois University
Professional Associations
  • Actors’ Equity
  • American Association of Community Theatre
  • Costume Designers Guild
  • Costume Society of America
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • International Association of Lighting Designers
  • Stage Managers’ Association
  • USITT – United States Institute for Theatre Technology

Overview of Major

Sample Job Titles/Occupations
  • Artist-In-Residence
  • Arts Educator
  • Assistant Production Manager  
  • Ballet Instructor
  • Ballet Mistress
  • Booking Agent
  • Choreographer
  • Company Dancer
  • Community Engagement & Education Manager
  • Corps de Ballet  
  • Company Dancer
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dance Company Manager
  • Dance Company Rehearsal Director
  • Leisure and Recreation Instructor
  • Performance Artist
  • Performing Arts Teacher
  • Personnel Manager: Dance Company
  • Principal Dancer
  • Private Dance Teacher
  • Pilates/Body Conditioning Instructor
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Soloist
  • Stage Manager
  • Yoga Instructor
Job Titles that Require Additional Education
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Council Director
  • Arts Manager
  • Dance Therapist/Recreation Therapist  
  • Business Manger
  • Grants Specialist
  • Faculty/College Professor
Sample Employers
  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Arts Councils
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Conservatories
  • Community Agencies
  • Cultural Organizations and Arts Councils
  • Cruise Lines
  • Dance Companies and Groups
  • Dance Festivals
  • Dance Studios
  • Industrial Shows
  • K-12 Schools, public and privates
  • Musical Theater Production Companies
  • National Endowment for the Art
  • Newspapers, Magazines, Websites
  • Performing Arts Centers & Companies
  • Performing Arts Camps
  • Physical Fitness Centers
  • Private Dance Studios and Schools
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Resorts and Casinos
  • Schools
  • Theatres
  • Touring Companies
  • TV and Film Studios
  • University Theatre/Dance Troupes
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Adventure Stage Chicago
  • Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Chicago
  • Dansz Loop Chicago
  • Disney World, Orlando
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • Hall Associates FlyingFX, Cortland, IL
  • Harlem Ballet, New York
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Manhattan Ballet
  • Thodos Dance Chicago
  • Winifred Jaun and Dancers, Oak Park, IL
  • Zephyr Dance
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Arial Dance Chicago
  • Ballet Met
  • Broadway NY and International Tours
  • Chicago Ballet Repertoire
  • Chicago Lyric Opera
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • David Taylor Dance Theater
  • Dayton Ballet
  • Louisville Ballet
  • Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • National Ballet of Canada
  • Nevada Ballet Theatre
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Pittsburg Ballet
  • Richmond Ballet
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Arial Dance Chicago
  • Ballet Met
  • Broadway NY and International Tours
  • Chicago Ballet Repertoire
  • Chicago Lyric Opera
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • David Taylor Dance Theater
  • Dayton Ballet
  • Louisville Ballet
  • Martha Graham Dance Company
  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • National Ballet of Canada
  • Nevada Ballet Theatre
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Pittsburg Ballet
  • Richmond Ballet
Professional Associations
  • American Dance Guild
  • American Dance Therapy Association
  • Dance Educators of America
  • Dance/USA
  • Cecchetti Council of America
  • Sacred Dance Guild
  • Society of Stage Directors& Choreographers

Business & Entrepreneurship

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Account Manager
  • Accountants & Auditors
  • Accountant, Corrugated Industry
  • Accountant, Water Industry
  • Bill & Account Collector
  • Budget Analyst
  • Claims Adjuster, Appraiser, Examiner, Investigator
  • Controller, Corrugated Industry
  • Corporate Finance Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Equity Trader
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Hedge Fund Administrator
  • Management Analyst
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Property, Real Estate & Community Assoc. Manager
  • Public Accounting
  • Purchasing Managers, Buyers & Agents
  • Securities, Commodities, Financial Service Sales
  • Tax Preparer & Interviewer
Possible Employers
  • Accounting Firms (Public and Private)
  • Banks & Credit Unions
  • Brokerage firms
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Corporate Financial Departments
  • Government Agencies
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • State and Local Government
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Accounting and Finance Intern
  • Audit Intern
  • Tax Intern
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
  • BDO USA, LLP
  • Brown CPA Group
  • Caterpillar
  • CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
  • CNA Insurance
  • CohnReznick
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Deloitte
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Grant Thorton, LLP
  • John Deere
  • John Kasperek Company
  • Kerry Ingredients
  • KPMG
  • Miller Cooper & Co. Ltd.
  • Mowery & Schoenfield
  • National Futures Association
  • Navistar Incorporated
  • Plante Moran, LLC
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Protiviti
  • RSM US LLP
  • Sassetti LLC
  • Scholle IPN
  • Sears Holding Company
  • Sikich, LLP
  • Walgreens
  • Warady & Davis
  • Wipfli
Professional Links and Additional Resources
  • NIU Department of Accountancy
  • American Accounting Association
  • American Institute of CPA's
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Account Manager
  • Careers in Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneur
  • Investment Broker
  • Lodging Managers
  • Management Analysts
  • Management Trainee
  • Project Manager
  • Property, Real Estate, Community Association Manager
  • Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Sales Engineers
Possible Employers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Banks
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Financial Services
  • Firms
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Human Resource Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Import/Export Firms
  • Industrial Firms
  • Insurance Companies
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Outplacement Firms
  • Public Relation Firms
  • Research Firms
  • Retailers
  • Wholesale & Retail Trade
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Management Internship
  • Sales Internship
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Airgas, Inc
  • AON Corporation/Hewitt
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • First National Bank
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Menards
  • Penske Corporation
  • True Value Company
  • Wal-Mart Stores
  • Wheels Clipper

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Account Manager
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Bill and Account Collector
  • Brokerage Clerk
  • Budget Analystv
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Specialist
  • Buyer
  • Carbon Trader
  • City Planner
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Collection Representative
  • College and University Professor
  • Consultant
  • Cost Estimator
  • Data Analyst
  • Distribution Analyst
  • Economic Development Specialist
  • Economic Analyst
  • Economist
  • Equity Trader
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Forecast Analyst
  • Fund Raising Specialist
  • Health Economist
  • Hedge Fund Administrator
  • Insurance Agent and Broker
  • Insurance Service Representative
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Broker
  • Labor Economist
  • Loan Officer
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Market Researcher
  • Medical Economics Analyst
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst
  • Money Market Analyst
  • Mortgage Underwriter
  • Operations Officer
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Quantitative Data Analyst
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Development Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Specialist
  • Risk Analyst
  • Sales Analyst
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Tax Economist
  • Title Examiner, Abstractor, and Searcher
  • Tourist Development Specialist
  • Underwriter
  • Web Data Analyst
Possible Employers
  • Accounting Firms
  • Banks
  • Brokerage Houses
  • Brookings Institute
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Commodities Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Economic Development Firms
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance Firms
  • Investment Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Management Consulting Firms
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Market Research Firms
  • Public Policy Agencies
  • Political Parties
  • Real Estate Firms
  • Research Firms
  • Retailers
  • Savings & Loan Associations
  • Schools
  • Think Tanks
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • 3M Distribution Center
  • AGCO Parts Division
  • AIESEC France
  • Army National Guard
  • Center for Southwest Asian Studies
  • Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.
  • Dora’s Income Tax Services
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • General Motors Inc.
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber
  • Hawley Partners
  • Illinois Migrant Council
  • Inter-Pacific, Inc.
  • KASH Investment Group
  • Keystone Trading
  • NIU Athletic Department
  • NIU Career Services
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Risk Management Network
  • Roosevelt Management Company
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Scottradev
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Snare Systems
  • Springboard Program
  • State's Attorney's Office
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • United States Attorney's Office - Rockford
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • World Financial Group
  • Zywave Inc
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Anixter
  • Choices Coordinated Care Solutions
  • ISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
  • NIU – Division of International Affairs
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Softweb Solutions
  • Walgreens
Professional Associations
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • American Agricultural Economics Association
  • American Agricultural Economics Association
  • American Economic Association
  • American Economic Association
  • American Finance Association
  • American Finance Association
  • American Law and Economics Association
  • American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association
  • American Society of Health Economists
  • Association for Environmental and Resource Economists
  • Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions (AIRLEAP)
  • Association for Social Economics
  • Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
  • Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP)
  • Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics
  • Econometric Society
  • Economic Science Association
  • Financial Management Association International
  • Institute of Finance Case Research
  • International Association for Energy Economics
  • International Association for Feminist Economics
  • International Atlantic Economic Society
  • International Banking, Economics, and Finance Association
  • International Economic Association
  • International Economic Development Council
  • International Economics and Finance Society
  • International Economics and Philosophy Society
  • International Emissions Trading Associations
  • International Health Economics Association
  • International Society for Ecological Economics
  • National Association for Business Economics
  • National Association of Credit Management
  • National Association of Forensic Economists
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • National Economic Association
  • Society for Computational Economics
  • Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economic

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Accessory Designer
  • Assistant Buyer/Buyer
  • Boutique Owner
  • Design Manager
  • Inventory analyst
  • Fashion and Wardrobe Consultant
  • Fashion Designer
  • Product Development specialist
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Retail, Sales
  • Showroom Assistant
  • Textile Analyst
  • Visual Merchandiser
Possible Employers
  • Apparel Manufacturing Industries
  • Boutiques
  • Department Stores
  • Distribution Centers
  • Marketing Research Firms
  • Paper Products Manufacturers
  • Specialty and Chain Stores
  • Testing Laboratories
  • Textile & Apparel Museums
  • Textile Converting Houses
  • Textile Design Studios
  • Textile Dyeing and Finishing Firms
  • Textile Fiber or Yarn Producer
  • Textile Manufacturing Companies
  • Trade and Consumer Publications
  • Trade Associations
  • Wholesale Companies
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Store Management Intern
  • Fashion Design/Bridal Intern
  • Management Intern
  • Loss Prevention Intern
  • Purchasing Intern
  • Sales Intern
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Kohl’s
  • The Apparel Center
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • DKNY
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom’s
  • Spiegel
  • Claire’s
  • Westfield Textiles
  • Burdines
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • The Buckle
  • JC Penny
  • Sears Holdings Companies
  • Jewel-Osco
  • Ross Stores, Inc.
  • Target
  • True Value Company

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Account Manager
  • Appraiser
  • Banker
  • Bank Teller
  • Bill & Account Collector
  • Bookkeeper
  • Brokerage Clerk
  • Budget Analyst
  • Budget Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Carbon Trader
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Commodities Agent
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Contracts Manager/Administrator
  • Corporate Finance Executive
  • Corporate Payroll Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Credit Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Equity Trader
  • Finance Data Analyst
  • Finance Specialist
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Management Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Operations Coordinator
  • Financial Operations Representative
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Service Sales Agent
  • Financial Services Specialist
  • Forecast Analyst
  • Fund Raising Specialist
  • Hedge Fund Administrator
  • Insurance Examiner
  • Insurance Sales Agent
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Broker
  • Investment Officer
  • Loan Officer
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst
  • Money Market Analyst
  • Mortgage Loan Officer
  • Operations Analyst
  • Operations Specialist
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Private Banker
  • Purchasing Manager/Buyer & Purchasing Agent
  • Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Retail Sales Supervisor/Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Securities Agent
  • Stock Broker
  • Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
  • Trust Officer
  • Wealth Management Analyst
Possible Employers
  • Accounting Firms
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Commercial and Retail Banks
  • Consulting Firms
  • Corporate Banks
  • Corporate Financial Departments
  • Financial Planning Firms
  • Financial Service Companies
  • Government Agencies Savings & Loans
  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Insurance Companies
  • Investment Banks
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Not-for-Profit Companies
  • Radio/TV Stations
  • Research Firms
  • Satellite Companies
  • Security Exchange Companies
  • Stock Brokerage Firms
  • Wholesalers
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Advantax, Inc.
  • Alpine Bank
  • Calamos Investments
  • Dovenmuehle Mortgage, Inc.
  • Neumann Companies
  • NIU Department of English
  • NIU Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Oink Financial Education & Solutions
  • PPM America
  • PwC
  • Richardson Electronics
  • Savant Capital Management
  • SomerCor 504, Inc.
  • Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
  • Village of Skokie
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • World Financial Group
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • AccuVal-LiquiTec
  • Allstate
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • ConAgra
  • FactSet
  • First Midwest Bank
  • First National Bank (formerly Castle Bank)
  • Foresters Financial Services, Inc.
  • Huntington National Bank
  • K & B Transportation, Inc.
  • Medline Industries, Inc.
  • NIU – Division of International Affairs
  • Northern Trust Corporation
  • Primerica
  • PwC
  • SABIC Innovative Plastics
  • United Advisors Financial Marketing Organization
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Financial Management
  • American Bankers Association
  • American Finance Association
  • American Financial Services Association
  • Association for Financial Professionals
  • Association of Professional Financial Advisors
  • BAI (Financial service leaders organization)
  • CFA Institute (Investment management professionals)
  • Community Bankers Association
  • Construction Financial Management Association
  • Financial Management Association International
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Futures Industry Association
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Illinois Bankers Association
  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association
  • IMA: The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business
  • Independent Community Bankers of America
  • IT Financial Management Association
  • International Association of Financial Engineers
  • International Association of Financial Executives Institutes
  • International Emissions Trading Association
  • National Association of Credit Management
  • National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
  • National Contract Management Association
  • Risk Management Society
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Casino Industry Careers
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Culinary Arts & Food Science Links
  • Cruise Hospitality Specialist
  • Cruise Line Jobs
  • Gaming Services Occupations
  • Eco-Tour Guide
  • Food and Flavor Chemistry
  • Food Service Managers
  • Hospitality Coordinator
  • Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
  • Lodging Manager
  • Reservation & Transportation Ticket Agents
  • Restaurant Business Careers
  • Restaurant & Food Service Manager
  • Travel Agent
  • Wine Importer
Possible Employers
  • Amusement Parks and Cruise Ships
  • Beverage Companies
  • Caterers
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Community and Health Agencies
  • Convention Halls & Entertainment Venues
  • Corporate Health Promotion Programs
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Educational Institutions
  • Elementary & Secondary Schools
  • Food Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Care Facilities & Nursing Homes
  • Health Clubs and Spas
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels, Resorts, Airlines, Airports
  • Military
  • Personal Chef
  • Private Practices
  • Restaurants
  • Sports Facilities
  • Sports Nutrition Clinics
  • Volunteer Agencies
  • Wellness Programs
  • Women, Infant & Children Programs (WIC)
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Q Center
  • Goose Island Catering
  • Kane County Cougars
  • Rich Harvest Farms
  • Schaumburg Boomers
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Marriott International
  • Hyatt Corporation
  • Q Center
  • Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
  • Darden Restaurants
  • MGM Hotels Las Vegas
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts
  • Wyndham Hotels
  • ARAMARK
  • Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

Overview of Major

Human Resource Management Possible Job Titles
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Compensation Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Employment Counselor
  • Employment Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Leadership Development Specialist
  • Management Trainee
  • Recruiter
  • Trainer/Training Specialist
  • General Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
Leadership and Management Possible Job Titles
  • Executive Team Lead
  • Business Analyst
  • Account Manager
  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Bill and Account Collectors
  • Brokerage Clerk/ Assistant
  • Business Plan Writer
  • Contracts Manager/Administrator
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Employment Services
  • Executive Assistant
  • Food Service Manager
  • Fund-raising Specialist
  • Funeral Director
  • Insurance Sales Agent
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Investment Broker
  • Labor Relations Managers & Specialist
  • Lodging Managers
  • Management Analysts
  • Meeting and Convention Planners
  • Office Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Property, Real Estate, Community Association Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Purchasing Manager, Buyer, Agent
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Right of Way Agent/Property Title Examiner
  • Sales Engineers
  • Telemarketer
Possible Employers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Banks
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Financial Services Firms
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Human Resource Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Import/Export Firms
  • Industrial Firms
  • Insurance Companies
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Outplacement Firms
  • Public Relation Firms
  • Research Firms
  • Retailers
  • Wholesale & Retail Trade Firms
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Hub Group
  • Kohl’s Department Store
  • Wahl Clipper Corporation
  • Jewel-Osco
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Calamos Investments
  • Project Leadership Associates
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Target
  • Excel
  • Hertz
  • Sears Holding Company
  • Anixter, Inc.
  • True Value, Inc
  • ULTA Beauty
  • Sherwin Williams Company
  • Toys R Us, Inc.
  • Walgreens
  • Blain’s Farm and Fleet

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Account Executive
  • Agency PR Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Business Development Representative
  • Catalog Circulation Manager
  • Catalog Marketing Director
  • Digital Marketer
  • Market Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Management Trainee
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Product Manager
  • Public Relations Account Executive
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Sales & Marketing Director
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Media Coordinator
Possible Employers
  • Advertising
  • Interactive Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Product (Brand) Management
  • Public Relations
  • Retailing
  • Sales
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Marketing Intern
  • Sales Intern
  • Event Planning Intern
  • Sports Marketing Intern
  • Digital Inside Sales Marketing Intern
  • Advertising Intern
  • Public Relations Intern
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Accenture
  • Enterprise
  • Kohl’s
  • McKesson
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Total Quality Logistics
  • White Lodging

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Account Manager
  • Administrative Service Manager
  • Business analyst
  • Computer & Information Systems Managers
  • Computer Applications Technician
  • Data Analyst
  • Data management specialist
  • Director of Program Development and Operations
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Information Services Manager
  • Information systems analyst
  • Information Systems Programmer
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Insurance Applications Systems
  • IT Operations support specialist
  • Management Analyst
  • Manager of infrastructural engineering technology
  • Network Administrator
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Performance engineer
  • Plant manager
  • Production and Materials Coordinator
  • Production Manager, Corrugated Industry
  • Production Planner
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Purchasing & Supply Manager
  • Telecommunications Network Administrator
  • Usability Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Webmaster
Possible Employers
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Corporations
  • Factories
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Companies
  • IT Companies
  • IT Firms
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Production and Planning Facilities
  • Research Firms
  • Software Companies
  • Transportation Field
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Abbott Labs
  • AbbVie
  • Ace Hardware
  • ADP (Automatic Data Processing)
  • AGCO Corporation
  • State Farm
  • Aldi
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Armor Technologies
  • Citadel LLC
  • City of Chicago Department of Emergency Management and Communications
  • DHL (formerly Exel)
  • Flexco
  • HAVI Global Solutions
  • Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • Owens & Minor
  • Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
  • Rust-Oleum
  • Sears Holdings
  • Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Target Corporation
  • True Value
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Abbott Labs
  • AbbVie
  • Aldi
  • Allstate
  • Anixter
  • Aon Hewitt
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Deloitte
  • DHL (formerly Exel)
  • Greenlee Textron
  • Hormel
  • John Deere
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • McKesson
  • Sears Holdings
  • State Farm
  • Target Corporation
  • True Value
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professional Associations
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals
  • The Association for Operations Management

Education

Overview of Undergraduate Programs

Possible Job Titles
  • Art Teacher
  • Bilingual/ESL Teacher
  • Child Care Administrator/Director
  • Curriculum and Instructional Specialist
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
  • Family Services Worker
  • Health Education Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Intervention Specialists
  • Library Information Specialist
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • Paraprofessional Educator
  • Parent Educator
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Resource and Referral Specialist
  • School Administrator
  • School Board Member
  • School Counselor
  • School Librarian
  • School Psychologist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Technology Specialist
  • Test Preparation Instructor
  • Tutor
Possible Employers
  • Charter Schools
  • Child Care Centers
  • Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Magnet Schools
  • Military Schools and Academies
  • Montessori Schools
  • PreK – 12 Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Publishing Companies
  • Religiously-Affiliated Schools
  • Special Education Cooperatives
  • Tutoring & Test Preparation Companies
Internships Obtained by NIU Students

Because of the curriculum of teacher licensure programs which include required clinical experiences and student teaching, few teaching students complete internships.

  • Children’s Learning Center
  • Disney World Wide Services
  • Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center
  • Just for Kix
  • NIU – Athletic Department
  • NIU – Career Services
  • NIU - Center for Latino & Latin American Studies
  • SciTech Hands On Museum
  • The Growing Place
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • College of Education Alumni Map
  • Cartwright Elementary SD #83
  • Grant Community HSD #124
  • Kane/Kendall County School Districts
  • Kishwaukee Education Consortium
  • Maine Township HSD #207
  • Rochelle ESD #231
  • Rockford Public SD #205
  • St. Charles CUSD #303
  • Township High School District #211
  • Varsity Tutors
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • National Louis University
  • Northern Illinois University
Professional Associations
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • American Association for Employment in Education
  • American Association of School Librarians
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology
  • Association for Middle Level Education
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • National Art Education Association
  • National Association for Music Education
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Education Association
  • National Science Teachers Association

Government, Public & Social Services

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Anthropologist
  • Applied Anthropologist
  • Arbitrator
  • Archivist
  • Archeologist
  • Archaeology Technician
  • Art Conservator
  • Bibliographer
  • Biological Anthropologist
  • Case Manager
  • College/University Faculty
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Content Coordinator
  • Counselor
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Cultural Resources Technician
  • Curator
  • Diplomat
  • Director of Grants
  • Education Program Specialist
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Social Scientist
  • Ethnographer
  • Ethnologist
  • Experience Designer
  • Field Supervisor
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Fund Raising Specialist
  • Genealogist
  • Geographer
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Historian
  • Historical Archeologist
  • Historical Society Director
  • International Donor Coordinator
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Librarian
  • Life History Investigator
  • Linguistic Anthropologist
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Mitigation Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Registrar
  • Museum Technician
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Non-Profit/Government Researcher
  • Paleontologist
  • Park Guide
  • Physical Anthropologist
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Librarian
  • Researcher
  • Social Scientist
  • Social Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • User Experience Researcher
Possible Employers
  • Archeological Research Firms
  • Archives
  • Businesses
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Cultural Agencies
  • Foreign Aid Agencies
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Historical Societies
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Publishing Firms
  • Research Organizations
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • SciTech Hands On Museum, Aurora, IL
  • Midwest Natural History Museum, Sycamore, IL
  • Sycamore History Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution, Summer Institute in Museum
  • Anthropology intern, Washington, D.C.
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • College of DuPage
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association Museum
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum, Benedictine University
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Las Positas College, CA
  • Michigan State University
  • Midway Village and Stephenson County Historical Society
  • New York University
  • NIU Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  • NIU Housing and Residential Services
  • NIU University Libraries
  • NIU Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative
  • Rock Valley College
  • Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University
  • San Joaquin Delta College, CA
  • Sears Headquarters
  • The World Bank
  • TRC Solutions
  • Triton College
  • University of Chicago, Human Tissue Research Center
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of North Georgia
  • Yale University
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
  • Emory University
  • Florida International University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Purdue University
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Stony Brook University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Virginia Tech University
Professional Associations
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association for Museum Volunteers
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • American Board of Forensic Anthropology
  • American Ethnological Society
  • American Society of Primatologists
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Association for Environmental Archaeology
  • Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
  • Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
  • Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists
  • Illinois Association of Museums
  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
  • National Association of State Archaeologists
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Society for Anthropological Sciences
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Society for Archaeological Sciences
  • Society for Economic Anthropology
  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Society for Linguistic Anthropology
  • Society for Medical Anthropology
  • Society for the Anthropology of Religion

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Acquisitions Specialist
  • Adjudicator & Hearing Officer
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Advocate
  • Arbitrator
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Campaign Manager
  • Collections Manager
  • College/University Faculty
  • Copy Writer
  • Curator
  • Docent/Tour Guide
  • Editor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fund Raising Specialist
  • Genealogist
  • Grant Writer
  • Historian
  • Historical Interpreter
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • News Analyst, Reporter & Correspondent
  • Non-Profit/Government Researcher
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Policy Maker & Administration
  • Political Advisor
  • Preservationist
  • Program Administrator
  • Proofreader
  • Property, Real Estate & Community Association Manager
  • Public Historian
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Sales Representative in Journalism & Publishing
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Social Scientist
  • Speech Writer
  • Urban & Regional Planner
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Writer & Editor
Possible Employers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Archives
  • Arts and Humanities Councils
  • Book Publishers
  • Businesses
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Chicago History Museum
  • College & Universities
  • Congressional Districts
  • Cultural Heritage Organizations
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Government – Local, State, and Federal
  • Historical Associations and Societies
  • Historical Sites
  • Labor Unions
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Officials
  • Libraries
  • Library of Congress
  • Museums
  • National Archives and Records
  • National Park Service
  • Nature Centers
  • Newspapers
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations/Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Political Action Committees
  • Professional Associations
  • Public Administration Firms
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Firms
  • Research Firms
  • Special Interest Groups
  • State Department/Foreign Service
  • The Smithsonian Institute
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • NIU – Athletic Department
  • NIU – Career Services
  • NIU – Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
  • NIU – University Honors Program
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • 23rd Judicial Circuit - DeKalb and Kendall County Probation
  • Epic Group - Global Pavilion
  • Jewel-Osco
  • NIU - Building Services
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Northern Illinois University
  • US Marine Corps Officer Candidate School
Professional Associations
  • American Alliance of Museums
  • American Association for State & Local History
  • American Historical Association
  • National Association of Business Political Action Committees
  • National Council of Nonprofits
  • National Council on Public History
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society of American Archivists
  • World History Association

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Adoption Coordinator
  • Advocate
  • Assisted Living Activity Aide
  • Behavioral Health Worker
  • Case Aide
  • Case Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Case Worker
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Protection Specialist
  • Community Organizer
  • Counselor
  • Crisis Line Worker
  • Day Care Owner
  • Day Care Worker
  • Domestic Violence Counselor
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Employment Counselor
  • Family Educator
  • Family Service Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Foster Care & Adoption Social Worker
  • Foster Care Case Aid
  • Group Facilitator
  • Group Home Worker
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Job Coach
  • Lead Teacher
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Parent Educator
  • Residential Advisor
  • Residential Counselor
  • Respite/Outreach Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Women's Center Director
  • Youth Counselor
  • Youth Worker
Possible Employers
  • Adult Day Care
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Programs
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Child Care Centers
  • Child Care Programs
  • Children's Home and Aid Society
  • Community Parent Outreach Centers
  • Correctional Centers
  • Councils on Aging
  • County Court Services
  • Day Schools
  • Domestic Violence Shelters
  • Elder Care Services
  • Family Service Agencies
  • Foster Care Agencies
  • Group Homes
  • Head Start Agencies
  • Homeless Shelters
  • IL Dept. of Children and Family Services
  • IL Dept. of Human Services
  • Jewish Vocational Services
  • Juvenile Detention Centers
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • Mental Health/Behavioral Health Centers
  • Retirement Centers
  • Salvation Army
  • Senior citizen centers
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
  • Teen Parenting Programs
  • Y.M.C.A./Y.W.C.A
  • Youth Service Bureaus
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • 16th Judicial Circuit Court Services
  • Boys and Girls Club of Elgin
  • Children’s Advocacy of DeKalb County
  • Children’s Home + Aid
  • Children’s Learning Center
  • Community Crisis Center
  • Cook County Juvenile Probation Department
  • DeKalb Area Retirement Center - Oak Crest
  • Elder Care Services
  • Family Service Agency
  • Habitat for Humanity Rockford Area
  • Hope Haven
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Kane County Court Services
  • NIU – Campus Child Care
  • NIU – Career Services
  • Rosecrance
  • Safe Passage
  • The Growing Place
  • Vocamotive
  • Wyndemere Retirement Community
  • Youth Service Bureau
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Aurora University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of South Carolina
Professional Associations
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Counseling Association
  • Child Life Council
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Gateways to Opportunity
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Association of Social Workers – Illinois Chapter
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • National Head Start Association

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
General/Enterprise Emphasis

The jobs listed under the General/Enterprise Emphasis can be found in all kinds of nonprofit organizations. Job titles listed under Advocacy, Arts & Humanities, Environmental, and Global Engagement are more typical of those specific areas.

  • Administrator
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Relations Coordinator
  • Development Coordinator
  • Director of Annual Giving
  • Director of Philanthropy
  • Donor Relations Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Executive Director
  • Field Organizer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • Individual Giving Manager
  • International Development Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Non-Profit/Government Researcher
  • Operations Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Public Administrator
  • Recruitment Director
  • Stewardship Officer
  • Support Services Coordinator
  • Training Officer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Volunteer Programs Director
Advocacy Emphasis
  • Advocacy Coordinator
  • Campaigner
  • Community Educator
  • Community Organizer
  • Community Outreach Associate
  • Diversity Coordinator
  • Diversity Recruitment and Retention Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Multicultural Affairs Director
  • Political Organizer
  • Social Worker
  • Victim Advocate
Arts & Humanities Emphasis
  • Archives Specialist
  • Artistic Coordinator
  • Arts Manager
  • Community Arts Program Manager
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Registrar
  • Museum Technician
  • Stage Manager
  • Theater Manager
  • Tour Guide
Environmental Emphasis
  • Carbon Neutral Coordinator
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental and Safety Administrator
  • Environmental/Climate Evaluation Officer
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Sustainability Specialist
  • Sustainability Outreach Specialist
  • Sustainability Program Manager
  • Sustainable Materials Specialist
  • Waste Program Manager
Global Engagement Emphasis
  • Disaster Specialist
  • Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations
  • Global Impact Evaluation Adviser
  • Health Program Manager
  • Political Affairs Officer, United Nations
  • Regional Program Development Manager
  • Security Consultant
Possible Employers
  • American Red Cross
  • AmeriCorps
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Organizations
  • Museums
  • NGOs (Nongovernmental Organizations)
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Peace Corps
  • Theaters
  • United Nations
  • US Agency for International Development
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • DeKalb County Conventions and Visitors Bureau
  • Econ Illinois
  • Egyptian Theater
  • Ellwood House Museum
  • FTI Consulting
  • NIU Career Services
  • NIU Department of English
  • NIU Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
  • NIU STEM Outreach Office
  • NIU University Honors Program
  • Office of Congresswoman Robin Kelly
  • Tanzania Development Support
  • Valdosta State University
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Americorps
  • iCall
  • Media Financial Management Association
  • Northern Illinois University Foundation
  • Oedae Language Institute
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Northern Illinois University
Professional Associations
  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals
  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers
  • American Association of Museums
  • American Fisheries Society
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Outdoors Association
  • American Planning Association
  • American Public Works Association
  • American Sanctuary Association
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • American Society of Association Executives
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
  • Association of Arts Administration Educators
  • Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
  • Association of Performing Arts Presenters
  • Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers
  • Association of State Dam Safety Officials
  • Association of Watershed & Stormwater Professionals
  • Association of Volunteer Administrators – Metropolitan Chicago
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
  • DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Economics for Equity & Environment
  • Green Roof for Healthy Cities North America
  • International District Energy Association
  • International Hydropower Association
  • International Society for Industrial Ecology
  • International Society for the Performing Arts
  • International Solar Energy Society
  • International Union of Air Pollution Prevention & Environmental Protection Associations
  • International Water Association
  • National Association for Environmental Management
  • National Association of Clean Air Agencies
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals
  • National Association of Independent Artists
  • National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
  • National Council of Nonprofit Associations
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Ground Water Association
  • Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
  • North American Association of Environmental Education
  • Organic Consumers Association
  • Professional Women in Advocacy
  • Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Society for Ecological Restoration
  • Society for Nonprofits
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)
  • Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Solid Waste Association of America
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois
  • Water Environment Federation
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Chicago

Overview of Major

Job Titles
  • Adjudicators & Hearing Officers
  • Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, & Sales Managers
  • Archivists, Curators, & Museum Technicians
  • Attorney
  • Bioethicist
  • College/University Faculty
  • Copywriter
  • Data Anaylyst
  • Editor/Writer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fund Raising Specialist
  • Genealogist
  • Government Researcher
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Human Resources, Training & Labor Relations Managers and Specialists
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer and Judge
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Medical Writer
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Paralegal
  • Psychologist
  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Religious Leader
  • Social Worker 
  • Speech Writer
  • Technical Writer Urban and Regional Planner
Types of Employers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Book Publishers
  • College & Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Financial Firms
  • Government
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Medical Institutions
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Political Parties
  • Professional Organizations
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Firms
  • Radio Stations
  • Retailors
  • Secondary Schools
  • State and Municipal Governments
  • Television Studios
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Hinsdale Central High School
  • Kishwaukee College
  • Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Syria Recovery Trust Fund
  • Target
  • Durham University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Velocity Resources Group
  • Vox Media
  • Waubonsee Community College
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Baylor University
  • Brown University
  • Boston University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Marquette University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University
  • Syracuse University
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California at Davis
  • University of California at Irvine
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of California at San Diego
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Missouri at Columbia
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Washington at Seattle
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Washington University in St. Louis
Professional Associations
  • American Philosophical Association
  • International Society for Philosophers

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Advocacy Coordinator
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Campaign Manager
  • Campaigner
  • CIA Officer
  • Clerk of Court
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Community Educator
  • Community Organizer
  • Community Outreach Associate
  • Congressional Liaison
  • Congressional Researcher
  • Consumer Affairs Representative
  • Development Coordinator
  • Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser 
  • Global Impact Evaluation Adviser
  • Government Affairs/Relations Manager
  • Grant Writer
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent
  • Intelligence Agent
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Judge
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislative Aide/Assistant 
  • Lobbyist
  • Multicultural Affairs Director
  • Non-Profit/Government Researcher
  • Paralegal
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Affairs Officer, United Nations
  • Political Campaign Consultant
  • Political Organizer
  • Political Reporter
  • Program Manager
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Regional Program Development Manager
  • Researcher
  • Security Consultant
  • Speech Writer
  • Urban & Regional Policy Planner
  • Workforce Analyst
Possible Employers
  • City/State/Local Governments
  • College & Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Federal Agencies- e.g., CIA, FBI, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Social Security Administration 
  • Field Research Firms
  • Foreign Embassies in Washington, DC
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Law Firms
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Newspaper/Magazines/TV/Radio
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Political Office Holders
  • Political Organizations
  • Publishing Firms
  • US Agency for International Development
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • American Physical Society
  • Baker and McKenzie, LLP
  • City of Genoa
  • DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
  • DeKalb Park District
  • Egyptian Theater
  • FTI Consulting
  • Mayer Brown, LLP
  • NIU Career Services
  • NIU Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
  • NIU University Honors Program
  • Office of Congressman Bill Foster
  • True Value Company
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Village of Algonquin
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Adfero
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • ISACorps
  • Populus Group LLC
  • Sixt Rent a Car
  • True Value Company
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Northern Illinois University
Professional Associations
  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • American Planning Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Public Works Association
  • American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Association for Political Theory
  • Association for Public Policy and Analysis and Management
  • Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
  • DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Democratic Party of Illinois
  • Federal Managers Association
  • Foreign Policy Association
  • Green Party of the United States
  • Illinois Green Party
  • International Association for Political Science Students
  • International City/County Management Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • Libertarian Party (National)
  • Libertarian Party of Illinois
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • National Academy of Public Administration
  • National Association of Counties
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • National Council of Nonprofit Associations
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators
  • Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
  • Pi Sigma Alpha: National Political Science Honorary Society
  • Professional Women in Advocacy
  • Republican National Committee
  • Republican Party of Illinois
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Chicago

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
Academic/Scientific
  • Consumer Psychologist
  • Human Factors Psychologist
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • College/University Faculty
  • Conservation Psychologist
  • Developmental Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Experimental Psychologist
  • Personnel Research Psychologist
  • Research Psychologist
  • Social Psychologist
Social Service
  • Addictions Therapist
  • AIDS/HIV Educator
  • Art Therapist
  • Behavioral Health Assistant
  • Behavior Therapist
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Welfare Specialist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Communications Officer
  • Counselor
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Dance Therapist
  • Day Treatment Coordinator
  • Elder Care Consultant
  • Employment Specialist
  • Foundation Program Director
  • Fundraiser
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Gerontologist
  • Group Home Worker
  • Health Psychologist
  • Intake Specialist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychometrist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • School Social Worker
  • Sex Therapist
  • Social & Human Service Assistant
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Therapist
  • Volunteer Coordinator
Criminology & Law Enforcement
  • Army Intelligence Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime and Intelligence Analyst
  • Fish/Game Warden
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Industrial Security Professional
  • Investigator/Private Detective
  • Judge, Magistrate, Adjudicator
  • Law Enforcement
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Investigator
  • Litigation Consultant
  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Naval Intelligence Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Park Ranger Security
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer and Detective
  • Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Guard & Gaming Surveillance Officer
  • Social Psychologist
Business & Industry
  • Career Coach
  • Consultant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Employee Assistance Program Counselor
  • Employee Relations Advisor
  • Engineering Psychologist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Mediator
  • Personnel Psychologist
  • Recruiter
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Talent Assessment Consultant
  • User Experience Researcher
Possible Employers
  • Adoption Centers
  • AmeriCorps
  • Big Brother/Sister Agencies
  • Career/Employment Agencies
  • Centers for Children’s Services
  • Centers for the Developmentally Disabled
  • Children’s Homes
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Consulting Firms
  • Corporation Child Care Centers
  • Crisis Lines
  • Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS)
  • Department of Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Family Services Agencies
  • Group Homes
  • Head Start Programs
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Hospitals
  • Human Resources Departments
  • Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Units
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Peace Corps
  • Primary/Secondary Schools
  • Senior Centers
  • Sheriff's Departments
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
  • Teen/Youth Centers
  • United Way Agencies
  • Veterans Affairs Agencies
  • Women's Centers
  • YMCAs & YWCAs
  • Youth Service Agencies
Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Bureau of Alcohol. Tobacco and Firearms
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Immigration & Naturalization Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Local and State Police Departments
  • Prisons and Other Correctional Facilities
  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • United States Attorney Offices
  • United States Marshals Service
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • 16th Judicial Court
  • Arden Courts of Geneva
  • Association for Individual Development
  • Ben Gordon Center
  • Center for Counseling and Learning
  • Children’s Learning Center
  • Community Crisis Center
  • DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau
  • Family Service Agency, DeKalb
  • Kendall County Court Services
  • Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • NIU Career Services
  • Rockford Rescue Mission
  • Safe Passage
  • Winnebago County
  • Youth Outlook
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Access Community Health Network
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Aperion Care
  • Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
  • Camelot Therapeutic Day Schools
  • Countryside Nursing & Rehab
  • DeVry University
  • Emkay Inc.
  • Gallagher Bassett Services
  • Grubhub
  • HomeSmart International
  • Honda Financial Services
  • iRhythm Technologies
  • Kendall County Health Department
  • Kohl's Department Stores
  • Loyola University Health System
  • Neopolitan Lighthouse
  • NIU - Housing and Dining
  • Northwestern Medicine, Central Dupage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, Kish Hospital
  • SAP Fieldglass
  • State of Illinois DCFS
  • Team One Chicago
  • UIC Central West Case Management Unit
  • TEKsystems
  • VNA Health Care
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Aurora University
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • National Louis University
  • Northern Illinois University
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Psychological Association (Explore their 56 divisions for potential career options and professional information)
  • Association for Psychological Sciences
  • American Society on Aging
  • ASIS Security Professional Organization
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Chicago Industrial/Organizational Psychologists
  • Counseling Related Associations
  • Crime Scene Investigation Network
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Industrial Security Professional Certification Information
  • International Association of Professional Security Consultants
  • NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals
  • National Association of Legal Investigators
  • National Association of Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals
  • National Association of Social Workers: Illinois Chapter
  • National Board for Certified Counselors
  • National Council on Problem Gambling
  • Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology
  • Psychological Societies on the Internet (Directory)
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Society of Clinical Psychology
  • Society of Counseling Psychology

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • College/University Faculty
  • Data Analyst
  • Forensic Document Examiner
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Researcher
  • Non-Profit/Government Researcher
  • Policy Administrator
  • Program Analyst
  • Social Scientist
  • Sociologist
Social Service
  • Advocate
  • AIDS/HIV Educator
  • Behavioral Health Worker
  • Case Worker/Case Manager
  • Community Organizer
  • Counselor
  • Court Liaison
  • Elder Care Consultant
  • Family Service Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Fundraiser
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Gerontologist
  • Group Facilitator
  • Job Coach
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Program Specialist
  • Psychiatric Aide
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Residential Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • School Social Worker
  • Social & Human Services Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth Worker
Criminology
  • Army/Naval Intelligence Officer
  • Asset Protection
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Customs Agent
  • Firefighter
  • Fish/Game Warden
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Gaming Surveillance Officer
  • Industry Security Professional
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Investigator/Private Detective
  • Judge, Magistrate, Adjudicator
  • Juvenile Justice Counselor
  • Lawyer
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Paralegal
  • Park Ranger
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Process Server/Skip Tracer
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Guard
  • Victim Services Advocate
Possible Employers
Social Service
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Advocacy Groups
  • AmeriCorps
  • Big Brothers/Sisters Agencies
  • Career/Employment Agencies
  • Center for the Developmentally Disabled
  • Child Protection Agencies
  • Children’s Homes
  • Children’s Hospitals
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Crisis Line
  • Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS)
  • Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Department of Human Services-Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Family Services Agency
  • Group Home
  • Homeless Shelter
  • Hospital
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
  • Nursing Home/Assisted Living
  • Peace Corps
  • Religiously-Affiliated Organizations
  • Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Senior Center
  • Teen/Youth Center
  • United Way Agency
  • Vocational Services
  • Women's Center
  • YMCA & YWCA
  • Youth Service Agency
Criminology
  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Correctional Facilities
  • County Court Services
  • Crime Labs
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Immigration & Naturalization Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Juvenile Justice Detention Centers
  • National Security Agency
  • Penitentiaries/Prisons/Jails
  • Police Departments
  • Restorative Justice Coordinator
  • Retail Stores
  • Sheriff's Department
  • Social Security Administration
  • State Police
  • U.S. Attorney Offices
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
  • U.S. Marshals Service
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Belvidere Police Department
  • Ben Gordon Center
  • Bethesda Lutheran Communities
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of DeKalb
  • Children’s Learning Center
  • Chill Foundation
  • Christ Community Church
  • Circuit Court of Cook County Juvenile Probation
  • Cook County Social Service Department
  • DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
  • DeKalb County Court Services
  • DeKalb Police Department
  • DuPage County Probation
  • First United Preschool and Daycare
  • Focus House
  • Hope Haven
  • Housing Authority of DeKalb County
  • Kane County Sheriff's Department
  • Kendall County Court Services
  • Kendall County Health Department
  • Kidz Kabaret
  • Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • Kohl’s Department Stores
  • Lincolnshire Place
  • Little Friends, Inc.
  • Naperville Police Department
  • NIU – Career Services
  • NIU – Department of English
  • NIU – Department of Public Safety
  • NIU – Health Enhancement
  • NIU – Housing and Dining
  • NIU – Media Services
  • NIU – Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning
  • NIU – Student Involvement & Leadership Development
  • Oakton Community College Police Department
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
  • St. Charles Police Department
  • Sycamore Police Department
  • The Growing Place
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Whiteside County Health Department
  • Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Winnebago County Public Defender's Office
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Taco Bell
  • Kohl's Department Stores
  • The Hartford Insurance Group and Specialty Risk Services
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • American university
  • Aurora University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Pittsburgh
Professional Associations
  • American Correctional Association
  • American Probation and Parole Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Illinois Probation and Court Services Association
  • International Sociological Association
  • National Association of Social Workers

Health & Wellness

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Head Athletic Trainer
  • Assistant/Associate Athletic Trainer
  • Sports Medicine Coordinator
  • Director of Sports Medicine
  • Outreach Athletic Trainer
Possible Employers and Work Settings
  • Athletic Training Education Programs
  • Corporate Health Programs
  • High Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Hospitals, Clinics, and Orthopedic Settings
  • Military, Public Safety, and Government
  • Performing Arts Centers
  • Industrial & Occupational Settings
  • Physician Offices
  • Physical Therapy Clinics
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • University of Tennessee
  • Arizona State University
  • Rockford Ice Hogs
  • Edward Hines VA Hospital
  • Illinois Bone & Joint Institute
  • Marion Catholic High School
  • AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • Midwest Orthopedic Institute
  • Midwest Orthopedics at Rush
  • Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • United States Naval Academy
  • AthletiCo
  • Schaumburg High School
  • Hoffman Estates High School
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Michigan State University
Professional Associations
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles with an Undergraduate Degree – Careers in Social Services & Health Care
  • Advocate
  • Applied Behavior Analyst Line Therapist
  • Before & After School Counselor
  • Behavior Line Therapist for Autism
  • Direct Support Professional/Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional
  • Group Home Support Staff
  • Hospital Unit Coordinator
  • Job Coach, Developer, or Placement Specialist
  • Paraprofessional/Teacher’s Aide or Assistant/Instructional Assistant
  • Patient Support Specialist
  • Personal Care Attendant
  • Rehabilitation Therapy Aide/Tech
  • Residential Counselor
  • Therapeutic Recreation Aide
Job Titles Requiring Additional Education or Certification
  • Audiologist
  • Hearing Instrument Specialist/Dispenser
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Types of Employers
  • Autism Home Support Clinics and Programs
  • Clinics and Hospitals
  • Government Agencies
  • Group Homes
  • Independent Living Centers
  • K-12 Schools
  • Early Childhood Centers
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Private Practices/Clinics
  • Residential Programs
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Universities
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
  • Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association
  • GiGi’s Playhouse
  • The Speech Garden Institute
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Aegis Therapies
  • Alliance Rehabilitation
  • Athletico Physical Therapy
  • Association for Individual Development
  • Aurora School District
  • Autism Home Support Services
  • Bethesda Lutheran Communities
  • Easter Seals, DuPage & Fox Valley
  • EBS Healthcare
  • Geneva School District
  • Johns Hopkins Voice Center
  • Kindred Hospital
  • Little Friends
  • Mayo Clinic
  • McLean County School District
  • Mooseheart Child City & School
  • Neuqua Valley High School (PACE Program)
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • Rockford Memorial Hospital
  • Rockford Public Schools
  • Round Lake School District
  • Therapy Care
  • Total Spectrum
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Veterans Memorial Hospital
  • West Chicago School System
  • Winnetka Public School District
  • Woodstock School District
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Arizona State University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Elmhurst College
  • Governors State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Ithaca College
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Marquette University
  • Midwestern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Northeastern University-Boston
  • Pacific University
  • Purdue University
  • Rush University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
  • St. Xavier University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Texas-Dallas
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Audiology
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Activities Assistant
  • Asst. Sales Manager
  • Before & After School Program Counselor
  • Case/Patient Manager
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Fitness Coordinator
  • Fitness Manager
  • Group Fitness Assistant
  • Group Home Staff
  • Health Information Manager
  • Healthcare-Related Sales
  • Home Health Provider
  • Inclusion Aide
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Job Coach
  • Management Trainee
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Paraprofessional/Teacher’s Aide
  • Patient Advocate
  • Patient Appointment Coordinator
  • Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIPD)
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Registration Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Tech/Aide
  • Residential Counselor
  • Volunteer Coordinator
Possible Employers
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Before & After School Programs
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Rehabilitation Centers
  • Fitness Center/Gyms
  • Health Care Support Services
  • Home Healthcare Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Agencies
  • National Services Programs (AmeriCorps, Peace Corps)
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Park Districts
  • Rehabilitation Centers & Hospitals
  • Residential Programs
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Sports and Fitness Facilities
  • Therapeutic Day Schools
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
  • Vocational Training Programs
  • YMCA & YWCA
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Children’s Learning Center
  • NIU – Career Services
  • NIU – Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
  • NIU - University Honors Program
  • Six Flags Great America
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • LA Fitness
  • Northern Rehab & Sports Medicine Association
  • Specialist Staffing Group (US division of SThree plc UK)
  • Two Men and a Truck
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of South Florida
  • Washington University
Professional Associations
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Council on Exercise
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Illinois Physical Therapy Association
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Aerobics/Group Exercise Instructor
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Coach
  • Corporate Wellness Manager
  • Director of Youth Camps/Sports Camps
  • Employee Fitness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist/Specialist
  • Fitness Center Coordinator
  • Fitness Coach/Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Equipment Sales
  • Recreation & Sports Director
  • Sports Events Manager/Promoter
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
Job Titles Requiring Advanced Degrees
  • Adapted Physical Education Instructor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Director of Sports Facilities
  • Medical Doctor/Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Occupational Physiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Sport Facilities Manager
  • Sport Management
  • University Faculty
Possible Employers
  • Athletic Associations
  • Campus Recreation Departments
  • Collegiate Sports Teams
  • Community Recreational Programs (YMCA, Park Districts)
  • Events Management Firms
  • Health and Fitness Clubs, Spas
  • Hospitals
  • Private Corporations & Corporate Fitness Facilities
  • Professional Sports Teams and Leagues
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Sporting Goods Companies
  • Sports Marketing and Management Agencies
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Centegra Hospital
  • Delnor Health and Fitness Center
  • Edward Elmhurst Health and Fitness
  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
  • FitWorkz
  • Northern Illinois University, University Athletics
  • Northern Illinois University, Campus Recreation
  • Snap Fitness
  • X-Sport Fitness
  • YMCA
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Specialist Staffing Group
  • X-Sport Fitness
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Northern Illinois University
Professional Associations
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • American Council on Exercise
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Kinesiology Association
  • IDEA Health and Fitness Association
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
    *Approved Education Recognition Program

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles – Clinical
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Mid-Wife
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Obstetrics Nurse
  • Occupational/Industrial Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Orthopedic Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Perinatal Nurse
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Surgical Nurse
  • Travel Nurse
Possible Job Titles – Careers Beyond the Bedside
  • Case Manager
  • Cruise Ship Nurse
  • Healthcare Recruiter
  • College/University Faculty
  • Medical Device Sales Rep
  • Medical Writer
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Nurse Informaticists
  • Patient Advocate
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Risk-Management Nurse
  • Quality Improvement Specialist
Possible Employers
  • Centers for Nursing Research
  • College/University Health Clinics
  • Community/Public Health Departments
  • Government Institutions
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Home Care Facilities
  • Hospital Outpatient Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Independent Practice
  • Medical Centers
  • Military
  • Nursing Homes
  • Nursing Journals
  • Nursing Professional Associations
  • Pediatric Centers
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Physician's Offices
  • Psychiatric Units
  • Public Health Departments
  • Public or Private Schools
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Senior Centers
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Advocate Good Shepard
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital
  • Alexian Brothers Health System
  • Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Northwestern Medicine – Central DuPage Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine – Delnor Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine – Kishwaukee Hospital
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • St. Alexius Medical Center
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital
  • Advocate
    • Christ Medical Center
    • Condell
    • Good Samaritan Hospital
    • Good Shepard Hospital
    • Lutheran General Hospital
    • Sherman Hospital
  • Amita Health
    • Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
    • Alexian Brothers Medical Center
    • Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital
    • St. Alexius Medical Center
  • Anne and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago
  • Aya HealthCare
  • Boone County Health Department
  • Centegra Health System
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Crusader Clinic
  • DeKalb Health Department
  • Edward-Elmhurst Hospital
  • Kane County Health Department
  • Kindred Hospital
  • Linden Oaks Behavioral Health
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • MacNeal Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine
    • Central DuPage Hospital
    • Delnor Hospital
    • KishHealth System
    • Lake Forest Hospital
    • Marionjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
  • OSF St. Anthony Medical Center
  • OSF St. Francis Medical Center
  • Presence Mercy Medical Center
  • Presence St. Joseph Hospital
  • Rockford Memorial Hospital
  • Rush-Copley Medical Center
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • St. David’s HealthCare - Houston, Texas
  • Swedish American Health System
  • United States Military – Navy and Army
  • University of Colorado, Boulder Health System
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Veterans Administration Health System
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Florida State University
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Rush University
  • St. Xavier University
  • University of St. Francis
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University
Professional Associations
  • American Nurses Association
  • Illinois Nurses Association
  • National Student Nurses Association

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Dietary Aide
  • Dietary Technician
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist
  • Dietitian
  • Food Blogger/Stylist
  • Food Buyer/Distributer
  • Food Scientist/Technologist
  • Food Service Director
  • Health & Wellness Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Nutrition Assistant
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Weight Loss Counselor
Possible Employment Settings
  • Armed Forces
  • Athletic and Fitness Centers
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Food Distributers
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Food Services
  • Food Service Management Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Grocery Stores
  • Health Clubs
  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Retirement Homes
  • Research Laboratories
  • Resorts/Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • School Lunch Programs
  • Wellness Centers
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Baptist Health Systems – Dietetic Internship Program
  • Eastern Illinois University – Coordinated Dietetic Internship/Master of Science Program
  • Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital – Dietetic Internship Program
  • Fontbonne University – Dietetic Internship/Master of Science Programs
  • Idaho State University – Dietetic Internship Program
  • Illinois State University – Dietetic Internship/Master of Science Program
  • Iowa State University - Dietetic Internship Distance Program
  • Northern Illinois University – Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPPs)
  • Northern Illinois University – Combined Dietetic Internship/Master of Science program
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Sage Colleges of New York Distance Dietetic Internship Program
  • St. Louis University – Dietetic Internship/Graduate Credit Program
  • Tulane University – Dietetic Internship Program
  • US Military-Baylor Dietetic Internship/Master of Science Program
  • Western Carolina University – Dietetic Internship/Master of Health Sciences Program
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • ActiveHealth Management
  • Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
  • Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Aramark Corp.
  • Arbor Management
  • Ceres Food Group
  • Compass Group North America
  • Forest View Hospital, Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Hanso Faso Sales & Marketing, Inc.
  • Hy-Vee
  • KishHealth System
  • Insight Behavioral Health Centers
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Northwestern Hospital
  • Sodexo
  • VNA Health Care
  • Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Baylor University
  • Benedictine University
  • Dominican University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Fontbonne University
  • Illinois State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • St. Louis University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Michigan University
Professional Associations
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • National Association of Nutrition Professionals
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Overview of Major

Environment and Health Possible Job Titles
  • Air Pollution Analyst
  • Asbestos Abatement Supervisor
  • Sanitarian I
  • Disaster Management Specialist
  • Drinking & Groundwater Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Health Inspector
  • Environmental Toxicologist
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Food Safety Inspector/Specialist
  • Hazardous-Waste Management Specialist
  • Lead Program Associate & Manager
  • Radon Measurement Professional
  • Waste Management Coordinator
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator
Environment and Health Job Titles Requiring Additional Education
  • Epidemiologist
  • Environmental Health Director
  • Program Coordinator
Health Administration Possible Job Titles
  • Admissions Coordinator
  • Assistant Administrator/Manager
  • Assistant Hospital Administrator
  • Assistant Nursing Home Director
  • Assistant Office Manager
  • Assistant Project Coordinator
  • Claims Representative
  • Data Analyst
  • Grants & Development Associate
  • Health Care Financial Manger
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resource Training Coordinator
  • Managed Care Coordinator
  • Medical Records Coordinator/Manger
  • Patient Access Specialist
  • Physician Recruiter
  • Process Improvement Facilitator
  • Research Assistant
Health Administration Job Titles Requiring Additional Education
  • Practice Manager
  • Program Coordinator/Manager
  • Program Evaluator
Health Promotion Possible Job Titles
  • Community Health Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Consumer Information Coordinator
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Health Advocate
  • Health Education Consultant
  • Health Educator/Specialist
  • International Health Worker
  • Patient Service Representative
  • Patient Educator
  • Public Education Outreach Specialist
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Support Services Coordinator
  • STD/HIV Case Worker
  • Wellness Coordinator/Consultant
  • Youth and Family Educator/Outreach Specialist
  • Volunteer Coordinator
Health Promotion Job Titles Requiring Additional Education
  • Health Promotion Manager
Possible Employers
  • Assisted Living & Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Federal, State, and Local Health Agencies
  • Government Agencies (e.g., CDC, WHO, NIH)
  • Health Clinics and Clubs
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Information Technology & Software Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Managed Care Companies
  • Medical and Dental Practices
  • Non-Profit Organizations (e.g., American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association)
  • Nursing Homes and Residential Facilities
  • Private Consulting Firms
  • Public Health Departments (County and State)
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Relief Agencies
  • Research Institutes
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Advocate Health System
  • American Diabetes Association – Northern Illinois Area
  • American Red Cross
  • Amita Health
  • BlueCross BlueShield Association
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • County Health Departments – Boone, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Kewanee, Lake, McHenry, Peoria, Will, Winnebago
  • DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau
  • Easter Seals
  • Edward/Elmhurst Hospital
  • Fox Valley Hospice
  • Greater Elgin Family Care Center
  • Healthcare Consortium of Illinois
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
  • Kishwaukee Family YMCA
  • Milwaukee Health Department
  • Northern Illinois University – Campus Recreation Center
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Oak Crest Retirement Home
  • OSF Homecare
  • OSF St. Anthony Medical Center
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Safe Passage
  • School District U-46
  • University of Chicago
  • Village of Elk Grove
  • Village of Palatine
  • YMCA USA
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • ALE Solutions
  • BlueCross BlueShield Association
  • University of Chicago
  • West Cook YMCA
  • YMCA USA
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Aurora University
  • Benedictine University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Illinois – Chicago
Professional Associations
  • American College of Health Care Administrators
  • American College of Health Care Executives
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health
  • Illinois Public Health Association

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles – Rehabilitation Field
  • Activities Assistant
  • Advocate
  • Applied Behavior Analyst Line Therapist
  • Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Associate
  • Community Employment Specialist
  • Community Integration Specialist
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Disability Center – Resident Counselor
  • Disability Services Specialist
  • Independent Living Skills Trainer
  • Job Coach, Developer or Placement Specialist
  • Mobility Technician
  • Occupational Therapy Aide
  • Paraprofessional
  • Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional
  • Rehabilitation Aide/Tech
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Residential Counselor
  • Service Facilitator
  • Therapeutic Recreation Technician
  • Unit Specialist
  • Vocation Specialist
Rehabilitation Job Titles Requiring Additional Education
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
Possible Employers – Rehabilitation Field
  • Autism Support Clinics and Programs
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Rehabilitation Centers
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Employment Programs
  • Group Homes
  • Independent Living Centers
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Nursing Homes
  • Private-for-Profit Rehabilitation Firms
  • Rehabilitation Hospitals, Centers and Agencies
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • The YMCA, Park Districts, and Recreational Programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
  • Work Adjustment Programs
Possible Job Titles - Social Services/Mental Health Field
  • Advocate for persons who have experienced crimes, violence, abuse, or neglect
  • Child and Youth Program Assistant
  • Client Advocate
  • Crisis Support Specialist
  • Correctional Program Specialist
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Recovery Home Specialist
  • Residential Counselor/Case Worker
  • Shelter Advocate
  • Unit Specialist
  • Youth Support Staff Counselor
Possible Employers
  • Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Centers
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Community Shelters
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Crisis Centers
  • Group & Residential Homes
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Programs for Children and Youth
  • Public Welfare Agencies
  • Social Service Agencies
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Association for Individual Development
  • ATI Physical Therapy
  • Best Buddies
  • Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
  • Easter Seals
  • Genex Services
  • Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Marklund
  • Misericordia Hospital
  • Opportunity House
  • Parents Alliance Employment Project
  • Partners for Progress
  • RAMP
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Rosecrance
  • The Chicago Lighthouse
  • The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Vocamotive
  • Wisconsin Badger Camp
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Association for Individual Development
  • Autism Home Support Services
  • Camelot Therapeutic Day Schools
  • Health Connection of Illinois
  • Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative
  • Opportunity House
  • Parent’s Alliance Employment Project
  • Rosecrance
  • The State of Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Chicago State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Midwestern University
  • Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Thomas University
  • University of Indianapolis
Professional Associations
  • American Psychological Association - Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADRA)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA)
  • National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Agronomist
  • Biologist
  • Biological Researcher
  • Botanist
  • Conservation Biologist/Botanist
  • Conservationist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Ethnobotanist
  • Forester
  • Geneticist
  • Greenhouse Grower/Manager
  • High School Biology Teacher
  • Horticulturist National Forestry/Conservation Association Staff
  • National Park Service Employee
  • Natural Resources Project Manager
  • Naturalist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Plant Biochemist
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Plant Molecular Biologist
  • Science Writer
  • U.S. Forest Service Botanist/Ecologist
  • Wetland Ecologist
Possible Employers
  • Arboretums and Botanical Gardens
  • Agricultural Research Centers
  • Companies focusing on: pharmaceuticals, food, seed and nursery, fruit growers, and biotechnology
  • Conservation Organizations
  • Ecological Consulting Companies
  • Fermentation Industry
  • Local, Federal, State, and National Parks
  • High Schools, Colleges & Universities
  • Industries: petrochemical, chemical, lumber, and paper
  • Nurseries
  • Plant Research Centers
  • Seed Companies
  • State Conservation & Environmental Agencies
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Forest Service
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • AgBiome Inc.
  • Ag Source Cooperative Services
  • Burpee Seeds and Plant
  • Monsanto Corp
  • Chicago Botanical Garden
  • DeKalb Country Forest Preserve
  • Field Museum
  • Morton Arboretum
  • US Dept of Interior
  • US Forest Service
  • Volo Bog Natural State Area
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Monsanto Corp.
  • Morton Arboretum
  • US Forest Service
  • University of Chicago
  • USDA
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Iowa State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Washington State University
Professional Associations
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences: Careers in Biological Sciences
  • Botanical Society of America: Careers in Botany
  • The Student Conservation Association

Overview of Major

Laboratory Research-Oriented Job Titles
  • Assistant Scientist
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biotechnology Lab Technician
  • Business Developer/Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Clinical Trial Research Assistant
  • Crime Lab Technician
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Facility Manager/Supervisor (Animal Sciences)
  • Forensic DNA Analyst
  • Geneticist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Quality Control Microbiologist
  • Quality Control Chemist
  • Regulatory Affairs Associate
  • Research Assistant/Associate
  • Research Scientist
Non-Laboratory Research Oriented Job Titles
  • Accountant
  • Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Business Manager
  • Data Marketing Specialist
  • Engineer
  • Finance Manager
  • Government Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Associate
  • Manufacturing Associate/Manager
  • Patent Attorney
  • Patent Engineer
  • Process Development Technician
  • Product Marketing Manger
  • Project Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Quality Control Analyst/Specialist
  • Technical Sales Specialist
  • Technical Writer/Medical Writer
Possible Employers
  • Agricultural Companies
  • Biotechnology Companies
  • Chemical Companies
  • Clinics
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Crime Labs
  • Cosmetic Companies
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Government & Contract Research
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Companies
  • Research & Development Labs
  • Research Foundations
  • Scientific Journals
  • Testing Labs
Internships Obtained By NIU Students
  • Abbott Labs
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Eli Lilly
  • Illinois State Police Forensic Labs
  • Hutchinson Cancer Research Labs
  • Micro Star Labs
  • Monsanto Corp.
  • Ortho Illinois
  • Rush Univ. Medical Center
  • Sanford Research Center
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Illinois-Chicago, Pharmacy
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Abbott Labs
  • AbbVie
  • Baxter Scientific
  • Gene ID Inc
  • Illinois State Police Forensic Labs
  • Merck Research Labs
  • Monsanto Corp
  • Proteintech
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • UT- Athens
Graduate Schools Attended
  • Ohio State University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Rosalind Franklin University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Washington State University
Professional Associations
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science – Careers Section
  • Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO)

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Botanist
  • Conservation Biologist/Ecologist
  • Conservation Scientist & Forester
  • Conservation Specialist
  • Eco-Tourism Manager
  • Endangered Species Manager
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Field/Research Technician
  • Fish & Game Conservation Officer
  • Invasive Species Manager
  • Landscape Ecologist
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Park Naturalist/Park Ranger
  • Research Assistant
  • Restoration Ecologist
  • Wildlife Public Educator and Outreach Specialist
  • Wildlife Specialist
  • Zoologist & Wildlife Biologist
Possible Employers
  • Aquariums and Zoos
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Fisheries
  • Government Agencies (e.g., EPA, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service)
  • Science Museums
  • Nature Centers
  • Non-Governmental Agencies (World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society)
  • State and National Parks
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Chicago Botanical Garden
  • DeKalb County Forest Preserve
  • Field Museum
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Milwaukee Zoo
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • US Department of Interior
  • US National Park Service
  • Volo Bog Natural State Area
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Chicago Botanical Garden
  • Field Museum
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • US Department of Interior
  • US National Park Service
  • Yale University
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Illinois State University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Montana
  • Utah State University
Professional Associations
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society for Conservation Biology

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Environmental Microbiologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Food Microbiologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Industrial Microbiologist
  • K-12 Teacher (requires licensure)
  • Microbiologist
  • Quality Assurance Technologist
  • Quality Control Associate
  • Research Assistant/Associate
  • Research & Development Assistant
  • Sales/Technical Representatives
Possible Employers
  • Biochemical Companies
  • Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Clinical/Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Food and Beverage Processing Companies
  • Government - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC0, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Agriculture
  • Home and Personal Care Product Companies
  • Medical Device Companies
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Research Institutions
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Water Districts
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Eli Lilly
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Green Giant
  • Horizon Pharma
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Sanford Health Research Center
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Eli Lilly
  • EMSL Analytical Inc.
  • Fresenius Kabi
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • University of Chicago Blood Bank
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Ohio State University
  • Rosalind Franklin University
  • Rush University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas – Austin
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Washington State University
Professional Associations
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • American Society for Microbiology

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Biomedical Research Scientist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Naturopathic Physician
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician (Allopathic, M.D & Osteopathic, D.O.)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physician Scientist (M.D./Ph.D.)
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinarian
Possible Employers
  • Academic and Hospital Research Settings
  • Animal Shelters and Rescue Agencies
  • Biomedical Companies
  • Clinics and Hospitals
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Humane Societies
  • Laboratories and Regulatory Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Private Research Foundations
  • State and Government Agencies
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
  • Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
  • National Institute of Health
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Sanford Health Research Center
  • St. Anne Medical Center
  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Pharmacy
  • UTMB School of Medicine
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of North Carolina Medical School
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • University Washington Medical School
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Professional Schools Attended
  • Albert Einstein Medical School
  • Boston College School of Medicine
  • Boston College School of Pharmacy
  • Illinois College of Optometry
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
  • Marquette University Dental School
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Midwestern University School of Medicine
  • Midwestern University School of Pharmacy
  • Ohio State University School of Medicine
  • Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • SIU School of Medicine
  • Uniformed Services School of Medicine
  • University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Pharmacy
  • University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Illinois School of Medicine
  • University of Iowa Dental School
  • University of Michigan Dental School
  • University of Wisconsin College Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
  • University of Wisconsin Medical School
  • University Missouri College of Veterinary Med.
  • Wayne State Univ. College of Medicine
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine  
  • American Chiropractic Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Association and Schools and Colleges of Optometry
  • American Veterinary Medical Association

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • Agricultural & Food Scientist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Carbon Trader
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemistry/Science Teacher
  • Chemical Salesman
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Chemists & Materials Scientists
  • College/University Faculty
  • Consumer Products Research Scientist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • FDA Inspector
  • Food and Flavor Chemist
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Hazmat Professional
  • Hydrologist
  • Medical Geneticist
  • Medicinal Chemist
  • Patent Attorney
  • Pharmaceutical/Medical/Chemical Sales Representative
  • Pharmaceutical Research Associate
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Safety Officer
  • Science Technicians
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Water Chemist
  • Water Industry Chemist
  • Water Reclamation Specialist
  • Water Resource Planner
  • Water Quality Specialist
Possible Employment Settings and Employers
  • Agricultural Research Firms
  • Biotechnology Firms
  • Chemical Companies
  • College & Universities
  • Commercial Testing Laboratories
  • Environmental Protection Organizations
  • Food Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Hazardous Waste Management Companies
  • Industrial Production & Inspection Agencies
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Medical Research Firms
  • Oil, Gas, and Petroleum Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Research Firms
  • Private & Public High Schools
  • Research& Development Laboratories/Organizations
  • Water and Energy Companies
Internships Obtained by NIU Students
  • FONA (Flavors of North America, International)
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Sensient Technologies Corporation
Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • AbbVie
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Alcoa
  • Anheuser-Busch Companies
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • AT&T
  • Atlantic Richfield
  • Baxter International
  • Benjamin Moore Paints
  • BioVantage Fuels, LLC
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Caterpillar
  • Cedar Concepts Corporation
  • CLM Systems
  • Commonwealth Edison
  • Dean Foods
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Elevance Renewable Services
  • Eli Lily & Company
  • Exelon
  • FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
  • FONA International
  • Genentech
  • General Electric
  • General Mills
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IEH Consulting
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kellogg Company
  • McGonigle Dental
  • Mylan
  • NASA
  • National Pre-SOMA
  • NB Coatings
  • Orthogonal Inc.
  • PQ Corporation
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Quaker Oats
  • Rayovac Corporation
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Rust-Oleum
  • Tetra Discovery Partners
  • Texaco
  • Turtle Wax
  • Union Carbide
  • United Energy Services
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • USG Corporation
  • Valspar Corporation
  • Waste Management
Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
  • Indiana University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Montana
  • Vanderbilt University
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Institute of Chemists
  • American Society for Mass Spectrometry
  • CHEMPHARMA
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • National Association of Science Writers
  • Society of Toxicology

Overview of Major

Possible Job Titles
  • AlcaComputer Game Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Applications Programmer
  • Back-End Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • CAD/CAM Designer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Commercial Banking Computer Programmer
  • Computer & Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Consultant
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Scientists
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer-Control Programmers & Operator
  • Customer Insights Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Miner
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Developer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Digital Analytics
  • Game Designer
  • GIS Specialist
  • Information Systems Programmer
  • Information Systems Specialist
  • Information Technologies Specialist
  • Insurance Applications Systems Programmer Analyst
  • IT Auditor
  • IT Technical Support
  • Java Developer
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Network Security Manger
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Programmer
  • Search Engine Optimization Specialist
  • Security Operations Center Analyst
  • Software Applications Developers
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Quality Assurance Tester
  • Software Systems Developer
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Structural Designer
  • System Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Telecommunications Network Administrator
  • Usability Engineer
  • Video Game Developer
  • Web Data Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Possible Employers
    • Accounting Firms
    • Banks & Investment Firms
    • College and Universities
    • Computer Development Firms
    • Computer Hardware Companies
    • Consulting Firms
    • Data Processing Service Firms
    • Energy Companies
    • Food Companies
    • Gaming Companies
    • Government Agencies
    • Health Care Facilities
    • Information Technology Companies
    • Insurance Companies
    • Manufacturing Firms
    • Network System Companies
    • Pharmaceutical Companies
    • Public Utility Firms
    • Research Organizations
    • Retailers
    • Software Development Firms
    • Technology Companies
    • Telecommunications Companies
    • Transportation Companies
    • Wholesale Businesses
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students
    • Alcatel Lucent
    • Allstate Insurance Company
    • Biwer & Associates
    • Equilibrium Contact Center, Inc.
    • Infinite Convergence Solutions
    • Infosys
    • McKesson Corporation
    • MultiPlan
    • NIU School of Art
    • Northwestern Medicine
    • Passage Technology
    • PSAV
    • Railinc
    Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
    • Ace Hardware
    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Argonne National Laboratory
    • AvTech
    • Biwer & Associates
    • Case Management Solutions
    • Ensono
    • Gold Coast IT
    • LIDP Consulting Services, Inc.
    • Motorola
    • Passage Technology
    • Spring-Green Lawn Care
    • The Parts Place, Inc.
    • Wells Fargo
    Professional Associations
    • American Association for Artificial Intelligence
    • American Society for Information Science and Technology
    • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
    • Association for Computing Machinery
    • Association for Women in Computing
    • Association of Information Technology Professionals
    • Association of Software Professionals
    • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
    • Computer Security Institute
    • Computing Research Association
    • CyberSecurity Institute
    • IEEE Computer Society
    • Independent Computer Consultant Association
    • Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society
    • International Game Developer Association
    • National Association of Programmers
    • Network Professional Association
    • Society for Technical Communication
    • Women in Technology

    Sample Job Titles
    • Construction inspector
    • Control systems architect
    • Design technician/Industrial designer
    • Electrical applications engineer
    • Engineering supervisor
    • Engineering technician
    • Field service engineer
    • Industrial/Safety engineer
    • IT Support Engineer
    • Lead optical engineer
    • Manufacturing engineer
    • Mechanical design engineer
    • Network Engineer
    • Operations engineer
    • Process design engineer
    • Product application engineer
    • Product design engineer
    • Production manager
    • Project manager
    • Sales applications engineer
    • Service engineer
    • Technology lifecycle manager
    • Water treatment engineer
    Types of Employers
    • Aerospace
    • Airlines
    • Architecture firms
    • Automotive sector
    • Colleges & Universities
    • Construction Companies
    • Defense contractors
    • Distribution facilities
    • Engineering Firms
    • Healthcare sector/hospitals
    • Manufacturing industries
    • Research facilities
    • Warehouses
    • Water Reclamation Facility
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students
    • BorgWarner
    • Caterpillar
    • CNH Industrial
    • Exelon
    • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Greenlee-Textron
    • HydraForce
    • IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    • Ingersoll
    • John Deere
    • Nestlé
    • Omron
    • United Technologies
    • Vermeer
    • Woodward
    • Xylem
    Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
    • Accuride Corporation
    • Belcan Engineering
    • Bosch
    • Cat-I Glass Manufacturing
    • Charter Manufacturing
    • Coilcraft
    • Continental Auto
    • Custom Aluminum Products, Inc.
    • Daubert Chemical Company, Inc.
    • EleMech, Inc.
    • Forge Resources Group
    • General Electric
    • Glanbia Performance Nutrition
    • Gleason
    • Hearthside
    • Hospira
    • Johnson Controls
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Motorola
    • Navistar
    • Northrup Grumman Corporation
    • Raptor Engineering
    • Renishaw
    • Rolls Royce
    • Schneider Electric
    • Senior Flexonics
    • Smart Motion Robotics, Inc.
    • SPX Flow
    • Suncast Corporation
    • TTX
    • Unicarriers
    • UPM Raflatac
    Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
    • Georgia Tech
    • Milwaukee School of Engineering
    • Northern Illinois University
    • Northwestern Universityv
    • Purdue University
    • Stanford University
    • University of Chicago Booth School of Business
    • University of Illinois – Chicago
    • University of Michigan
    Professional Associations
    • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • American Society of Safety Engineers
    • Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB)
    • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    • Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers (SAE)
    • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
    • Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE)
    • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    Overview of Major

    Possible Job Titles
    • Air Quality Planner
    • Arborist
    • Carbon Neutral Coordinator
    • Climate Specialist
    • College/University Faculty
    • Conservation Officer
    • Conservation Scientist
    • Eco-Tour Guide
    • Energy Policy Analyst
    • Environmental Analyst
    • Environmental and Safety Administrator
    • Environmental Compliance Specialist
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Environmental Education Officer
    • Environmental Educator
    • Environmental Engineer
    • Environmental Lawyer
    • Environmental Planner
    • Environmental Policy Analyst
    • Environmental Protection Specialist
    • Environmental Regulator or Inspector
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Environmental Soil or Water Technician
    • Environmental Sustainability Specialist
    • Environmental/Climate Evaluation Officer
    • Hazardous Waste Removal
    • Hydro-Ecologist
    • Hydrologist
    • Land Agent
    • Land Surveyor
    • Land Use Planner
    • Natural Resource Specialist
    • Naturalist
    • Outdoor/Park Interpreter
    • Park Naturalist/Ranger
    • Recycling & Reclamation Worker
    • Researcher
    • Research Technician
    • Reservoir Manager
    • Restoration Technician
    • Skilled Solar Installer
    • Solar Developer
    • Solid Waste Environmental Specialist
    • Sustainability Analyst
    • Sustainability Outreach Specialist
    • Sustainability Program Manager
    • Sustainable Materials Specialist
    • Waste Program Manager
    • Water Conservation Specialist
    • Water Quality Specialist
    • Water Reclamation Specialist
    • Water Resources Manager
    • Watershed Coordinator
    • Wildlife Conservation Officer
    Types of Employers
    • Animal Sanctuaries
    • Conservation Education & Education Groups – e.g., National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy
    • Consulting Firms
    • Energy Companies
    • Environmental Consulting Groups
    • Environmental Research Groups
    • Exploration Companies
    • Government Agencies – e.g., EPA, Illinois EPA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, local government
    • Industrial/Commercial Companies
    • Local, State & National Parks and Forest Preserves
    • Mines and Natural Areas
    • Museums
    • Nonprofit Agencies – e.g., American Wind Energy Association, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability, U.S. Green Building Council, Arts and Scraps
    • Petroleum & Natural Gas Companies
    • Water Industry
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students
    • Aquatic Nursery
    • Boone County Conservation District
    • CATIS
    • CH2M
    • Citizens’ Environmental Commission, DeKalb
    • Chicago Zoological Society
    • City of Winona
    • DeKalb Sanitary District
    • Department of Natural Resources
    • Ding Darling Wildlife Society
    • DuPage County Forest Preserve
    • Entreamigos, Mexico
    • ENCAP, Inc.
    • Environmental Compliance Consulting
    • Gabriel Environmental Services
    • GeoCorps America/BLM
    • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
    • Illinois EPA
    • Isla Mexico
    • Kendall County Highway Department
    • Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
    • McHenry County Conservation District
    • Midwest Museum of Natural History
    • Mosaic
    • Natural Land Institute
    • National Park Service
    • NIU Community Gardens
    • NIU Green Team/Student Association
    • Ogle County Health Department
    • PAWS Humane Society
    • Pizzo & Associates
    • Richardson Wildlife Foundation
    • Rollins Aquatic Solutions
    • Sustainable RIVER Project
    • The Nature Conservancy
    • Trans Environmental
    • Vector Disease Control International
    • Village of Carol Stream
    • Winnebago County Forest Preserve
    • World Wildlife Fund
    Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
    • Allegion
    • Alpha EMC
    • AmeriCorps Research Assistant
    • Antea Group
    • Apple, Inc.
    • Barrington Area Library
    • Barry Conservation District
    • Bluff City Materials
    • CLEAResult
    • Conversant, LLC
    • Elliott Tool Technologies
    • ENCAP, Inc.
    • Environmental Inc. - Midwest Lab
    • Environmental Monitoring and Technologies, Inc.
    • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
    • G2 Revolution, Inc.
    • General Mills
    • Georgie Sea Turtle Center
    • HelloPlanet.org
    • Huntley Park District
    • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – Office of Energy and Recycling
    • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
    • Integrated Lakes Management
    • James Schaeffer & Schimming, Inc.
    • Jefferson County Open Space Parks and Trails
    • Kerry
    • Lake County Forest Preserve District
    • Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
    • Lincoln Park Zoo
    • Mariani Landscape
    • Meiborg Brothers Trucking
    • Meijer
    • Menards
    • Mills Consulting, Inc.
    • Naval Health Research Center
    • NeighborWorks Alaska/Corporation for National and Community Service
    • Northern Illinois University Student Association – Director of Environmental Affairs
    • Sears Holding Corporation
    • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    • Spartanics
    • Summerfield Farm and Zoo
    • Syncreon
    • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
    • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • U.S. Regulatory Commission
    • Winnebago County Forest Preserve
    Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
    • Clemson University
    • Indiana University
    • Iowa State University
    • Northern Illinois University
    • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
    • University of Illinois, Springfield
    • Western Illinois University
    Professional Associations
    • Air and Waste Management Association
    • American Fisheries Society
    • American Geological Institute
    • American Industrial Hygiene Association
    • American Sanctuary Association
    • American Society for Environmental History
    • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
    • American Solar Energy Society
    • American Wind Energy Association
    • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
    • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
    • Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy
    • Ecology Society of America
    • Economics for Equity & Environment
    • Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics
    • International District Energy Association
    • International Hydropower Association
    • International Solar Energy Society
    • International Society for Industrial Ecology
    • International Union of Air Pollution Prevention & Environmental Protection Associations
    • International Water Association
    • National Association of Clean Air Agencies
    • National Association of Environmental Professionals
    • National Council for Science and the Environment
    • National Ground Water Association
    • National Park & Recreation Association
    • National Wildlife Federation
    • North American Association of Environmental Education
    • Society for Conservation Biology
    • Society for Ecological Restoration
    • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
    • Soil and Water Conservation Society
    • Solar Energy Industries Association
    • Solid Waste Association of North America
    • Student Conservation Association
    • Water Environment Federation

    Overview of Major

    Possible Job Titles
    • Air/Water Quality Control Manager
    • Cartographer
    • Cartography Technician
    • City Planner
    • College/University Professor
    • Commercial and Residential Property Analyst
    • Community Development Specialist
    • Demographer
    • Emergency Management Specialist
    • Environmental Impact Analyst
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Forest Ecologist
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst/Specialist
    • Geographic Market Analyst
    • Geographer
    • Hazardous Waste Planner
    • Hydrologist
    • Land Use Specialist/Environmental Planner
    • Market Researcher/Location Researcher
    • Natural Resources Manager
    • Park Ranger
    • Recreational Resources Manager
    • Remote Sensing Analyst
    • Service Climatologist
    • Soil Scientist/Conservationist
    • Solid Waste Manager
    • Surveying and Mapping Technician
    • Transportation Systems Planner
    • Urban/Regional Planner
    Possible Employers
    • City/Regional Planning Offices
    • City, State and Federal Government Agencies
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Community Development Agencies
    • Conservation Agencies in County, State and Federal Agencies
    • Education, K-12
    • Emergency Management Agencies
    • Environmental Consulting Firms
    • Environmental Regulation Agencies
    • GIS/Remote Sensing Software Companies
    • Historic Preservation Associations
    • Housing and Development Agencies
    • Insurance Companies
    • Land Surveying Companies
    • Market Research Firms
    • Municipalities
    • Nonprofit Organizations
    • Private Industry, including utilities, construction, engineering, energy, environmental planning and consulting firms
    • Resource Management Agencies
    • Waste Management Agencies
    • Weather and Climate Agencies
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students

    NIU students have obtained internships with local city governments, state and federal agencies, and private sector companies in the areas of insurance and risk management, hazardous waste and natural resource management. Please meet with the undergraduate geography advisor to learn about specific internship opportunities.

    Graduates with Degrees in Geography Can Work for
    • State agencies dealing with agriculture, natural resources and planning and development (e.g., Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey)
    • Federal agencies (e.g., Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Geological Survey)
    • Private sector companies related to insurance and risk management, hazardous waste and natural resource management
    • Companies in the transportation, utility, real estate or marketing sectors
    • Regional and local government, particularly in city and county planning
    • Educational Institutions
    Professional Associations
    • American Association of Geographers
    • American Geographical Society
    • Geospatial Information and Technology Association
    • Illinois Geographic Information Systems Association
    • Illinois Geographical Association
    • The Geological Society of America
    • Society of Women Geographers
    • Urban and Regional Information Systems Associations

    Overview of Major

    Possible Job Titles
    • Engineering Geologist
    • Environmental Analyst
    • Environmental Geologist
    • Geochemist
    • Geologist
    • Geological Technician
    • Geophysicist/Field seismologist
    • Geoscientist
    • Glacial Geologist
    • Hydrogeologist
    • Mineralogist
    • Natural Resources Specialist
    • Oceanographer
    • Paleontologist
    • Petroleum Geologist
    • Professor/Teacher
    • Seismologist
    • Soil Conservationist
    • Surveyor
    • Wellsite Geologist
    • Volcanologist
    Possible Employers
    • City/Regional Planning Offices
    • City, State & Federal Government Agencies (e.g., U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Housing & Urban Development, NASA)
    • Colleges & Universities
    • Community Development Agencies
    • Conservation Agencies in County, State & Federal Agencies
    • Education, K-12
    • Emergency Management Agencies
    • Engineering Firms
    • Environmental Consulting Firms
    • Environmental Regulatory Agencies
    • GIS/Remote Sensing Software Companies
    • Land Management/Surveying Companies
    • Mapping Agencies
    • Nonprofit Organizations  
    • Petroleum and mining companies
    • Private/Corporate Industry, including utilities, construction, engineering, energy, environmental planning, real estate and development, and consulting firms
    • Resource Management Agencies
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students
    • Clear Water Resources
    • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
    • Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Murphy Oil
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • Nexen Energy
    • Occidental Petroleum
    • Repsol
    • Samson Resources
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • U.S. Forest Service
    Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
    • Benchmark Environmental Services, Inc.
    • Burns & McDonnell
    • Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.
    • Direct Push Analytical Corp.
    • Fehr Graham – Engineering & Environmental
    • Horizon Well Logging, LLC
    • Illinois State Geological Survey
    • Jacob & Hefner Associates, Inc.
    • Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company
    • Practical Environmental Consultants, Inc.
    • Stillman Valley High School
    • Sunburst Consulting
    • Terracon
    • TRC Companies, Inc.
    • Zia Geological

    Employers Who Have Hired M.S. and Ph.D. Graduates

    Education:  K-12, Community Colleges, Universities, Museums

    • Appalachian State University
    • Burpee Museum of Natural History
    • California State University, Fresno
    • Clark University
    • College of DuPage
    • College of Lake County
    • Hillsborough Community College
    • McHenry County College
    • Oakton Community College
    • Grand Valley State University
    • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • Northeastern Illinois University
    • San Jacinto College
    • Southern Illinois University
    • University of Alaska, Anchorage
    • University of California, Santa Cruz
    • University of Northern Iowa
    • University of South Florida
    • University of Wisconsin, Fox Valley
    • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

    Environmental/Engineering/Public Health/Water Resources

    • ARCADIS U.S., Inc.
    • APTIM
    • Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I)
    • Chemtech Services, Inc.
    • Environ International
    • Natural Resource Technology, an OBG Company
    • Patrick Engineering
    • Weston Solutions, Inc.

    Government:  Municipal/State/Federal

    • Illinois State Geological Survey
    • Kentucky Division of Waste Management
    • United States Geological Survey
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Mining/Minerals/Precious Metals/Materials Science

    • Barrick Gold Corporation
    • IMREYS Performance Minerals
    • Rocky Mountain Instrument Company

    Petroleum/Energy/Petroleum Service

    • Ecopetrol
    • Kosmos Energy
    • Microseismic, Inc.
    • Murphy Oil
    • Nexen Energy
    • Occidental Petroleum
    • REX Energy
    • Repsol
    • Schlumberger
    • Shell Oil

    Research:  Federal/State/Public/Private

    • Argonne National Laboratory
    • Byrd Polar Research Center
    • Illinois State Geological Survey
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    Professional Associations
    • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
    • American Geophysical Union
    • American Geosciences Institute  
    • Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists
    • Association of American State Geologists
    • Association of Women Geologists
    • Geospatial Information & Technology Association 
    • Illinois Geographic Information Systems Association
    • Illinois Geological Society
    • Illinois Groundwater Association
    • National Groundwater Association
    • The Geological Society of America
    • Urban and Regional Information Systems Associations

    Overview of Major

    Possible Job Titles
    • Actuary
    • Actuarial Assistant
    • Bill and Account Collector
    • Budget Analyst
    • Business Analyst
    • College/University Faculty
    • Compensation Analyst
    • Consultant
    • Consumer Products Research Scientist
    • Corporate Finance Analyst
    • Cost Analyst
    • Cost Estimator
    • Credit Risk Analyst
    • Cryptanalyst
    • Data Analyst
    • Data Modeler
    • Data Miner
    • Data Scientist
    • Economist
    • Equity Trader
    • Estimation and Modeling Analyst
    • Financial Analyst
    • Insurance Underwriter
    • Investment Analyst
    • Investment Broker
    • Loan Officer
    • Marketing Analyst
    • Math Teacher
    • Mathematician
    • Operations Analyst
    • Personal Financial Advisor
    • Policy Analyst
    • Pricing Analyst
    • Quantitative Analyst
    • Research Analyst
    • Risk Analyst
    • Sales Analyst
    • Statistician
    • Surveyor
    • Web Data Analyst
    Possible Employers
    • Aerospace Companies
    • Aircraft/Missile Manufacturers
    • irline Companies
    • Brookings Institute
    • Colleges & Universities
    • Computer Manufacturers
    • Computer Service Companies
    • Computer Software Companies
    • Consulting Firms
    • Corporations in All Fields
    • Electrical Equipment Companies
    • Engineering Firms
    • Financial Institutions
    • Government Agencies
    • Insurance Companies
    • Market Research Firms
    • Public Policy Organizations
    • Research Firms
    • Secondary Schools
    • Think Tanks
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students
    • Allstate
    • Hospira
    • Lauterbach & Amen, LLP
    • NIU Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
    Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
    • Align US, Inc.
    • Township High School District #211
    Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
    • University of Wisconsin – Madison
    Professional Associations
    • American Mathematical Society
    • American Mathematics Association
    • American Statistical Association
    • Association for Symbolic Logic
    • Association for Women in Mathematics
    • Benjamin Banneker Association (Mathematics education advocacy)
    • Casualty Actuarial Society
    • Institute of Mathematical Sciences
    • Mathematical Association of America
    • National Association of Mathematicians
    • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
    • Society of Actuaries
    • TODOS: Mathematics for ALL (Mathematics education advocacy)

    Overview of Major

    Possible Job Titles
    • Bacteriologist
    • Clinical Chemist
    • Clinical Lab Scientist
    • Computer Operations Managers
    • Cytotechnologist
    • Faculty Member/Professor
    • Hematology Specialist
    • Histotechnologist
    • Laboratory Managers/Directors
    • Manager, Laboratory Services
    • Medical Laboratory Scientist
    • Medical Laboratory Technologist
    • Pathologist
    • Pathologists’ Assistant
    • Quality Assurance Officers
    • Safety Officers
    • Sales Representative (Biomedical Equipment & supply Companies)
    • Technologist in Cytogenetics
    • Technologist in Molecular Biology
    Possible Employers
    • American Red Cross
    • Biomedical Equipment and Supply Companies
    • Blood Banks
    • Clinics & Physician Offices
    • Education
    • Environmental Testing Laboratories
    • Fertility Clinics
    • Forensic Laboratories (State & Municipal)
    • Government Agencies (i.e., CDC, FBI, FDA, NASA, Crime Laboratories, Public Health Departments, Military)
    • Hospital Laboratories
    • Medical, Biotechnology, & Industrial Laboratories
    • Peace Corps
    • Pharmaceutical Companies
    • Research Settings (Industry, Medical Centers, & Universities)
    • State and Community Health Departments
    • Veterinary & Zoo Clinics/Laboratories
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students
    • Advocate Health Care
    • Edward/Elmhurst Hospital
    • Loyola University Medical Center
    • Northwestern Medicine
    Professional Associations
    • American Association for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
    • American Society for Clinical Pathology

    Overview of Major

    Possible Job Titles
    • Air Quality Consultant
    • Air Pollution Meteorologist
    • Analyst
    • Atmospheric Scientist
    • Broadcast Meteorologist
    • Climatologist
    • College/University Professor
    • Commercial Meteorologist
    • Consultant – Hazard, Exposure & Risk Assessment
    • Environmental Scientist
    • Meteorologist
    • National Weather Service Forecaster
    • Operational Meteorologist
    • Programmer/IT Specialist
    • Research Associate
    • Research and Development Meteorologist
    • Risk Management
    • Satellite Image Manager
    • Software Engineer
    • Service Climatologist
    • Support Scientist
    • Technical Meteorologist
    • TV Meteorologist
    • Weather Anchor/Forecaster – Cable, TV, Radio, Print
    • Weather Risk Manager
    Possible Employers
    • Airlines
    • Atmospheric Research Centers
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Energy and Utility Companies
    • Engineering Firms
    • Federal Government (e.g., National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), Military Services (Navy and Air Force), NASA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security)
    • Insurance Companies
    • Manufacturers of Meteorological Instruments
    • Non-Governmental Organizations (Red Cross, World Food Bank, and disaster relief organizations)
    • Non-Profit Environmental Organizations
    • Private Consulting Firms that support airlines, agriculture, cruise lines, ground and ocean shipping, recreational areas and resorts, energy and insurance companies
    • Professional/Technical Journals
    • Radio, Television, Cable Networks
    • Renewable Energy Companies (Wind and Solar)
    • Research and Development Companies
    • Risk Management Companies
    • Satellite and Radar Manufacturers
    • Satellite Research Centers
    • Software Engineering Companies
    • State Emergency Management Agencies
    • Utility and Power Companies
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students

    NIU students have obtained internships is the areas of broadcasting, transportation, energy, weather modification, applied research, weather services and environmental firms. Please meet with the undergraduate meteorology advisor to learn about specific internship opportunities.

    Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
    • Allstate
    • AON
    • Argonne National
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Midwestern Regional Climate Center
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • National Weather Service
    • Thomson Reuters
    • Weather Command
    • WGN Television
    Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
    • Colorado State University
    • Georgia State University
    • Florida State University
    • Indiana University
    • Iowa State University
    • Northern Illinois University
    • Penn State University
    • Texas A&M University
    • University of Alabama, Huntsville
    • University of Arizona
    • University of California, Los Angeles
    • University of Colorado
    • University of Georgia
    • University of Hawaii
    • University of Nebraska
    • University of Nevada, Reno
    • University of North Dakota
    • University of Oklahoma
    • University of Utah
    • University of Washington
    • University of Wisconsin
    • University of Wyoming
    Professional Associations
    • American Geophysical Union
    • American Meteorological Society
    • National Weather Association
    • World Meteorological Organization

    Overview of Major

    Possible Job Titles
    • Acoustical Consultant
    • Actuarial Analyst
    • Aerospace Engineer
    • Associate Data Scientist
    • Assistant Professor
    • Astronomer
    • Astrophysicist
    • Biophysicist
    • Carbon Trader
    • Clinical Scientist/Researcher
    • Computational Physics
    • Computing Engineer
    • Crime and Intelligence Analyst
    • Data Analyst/Predictive Modeler
    • Editors
    • Energy Specialist
    • Engineer
    • Entry Writer
    • Gaming Specialist
    • Geophysicist
    • High School Teacher
    • Light and Optics Specialist
    • Material Scientist
    • Media Relations Specialist
    • Medical Physicist
    • Molecular Physicist
    • Nuclear Physicist
    • Optical Engineer
    • Physicist
    • Plasma Physicist
    • Research Scientist
    • Sales Representative
    • Satellite Engineer
    • Software Engineer
    • Technical Research Assistant
    Employment Settings
    • Aerospace Industry
    • Aircraft Manufacturers
    • Automobile Manufacturers
    • Chemical Manufacturers
    • Computer Gaming Firms
    • High Schools, Colleges & Universities
    • Computer Hardware/Software Manufacturers
    • Department of Energy
    • Electrical Equipment Manufacturers
    • Electronics Industry
    • Financial Industry
    • Government Agencies
    • Hospitals and Healthcare
    • Intelligence/Security Industry
    • Military
    • Observatories
    • Petroleum Industry
    • Power Plants
    • Research & Development Firms
    • Scientific Journals
    • Steel/Metals Industry
    • Technical Consulting Firms
    • Telephone/Cable Industry
    • Waste Management Firms
    Internships Obtained by NIU Students
    • Argonne National Laboratory
    • Fermilab
    • NASA
    Employers Who Have Hired NIU Graduates
    • American Modern Insurance Group
    • Ameritrade
    • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
    • Argonne National Laboratory
    • Bancroft Middle School
    • Best Buy
    • College of DuPage
    • Deference Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    • Fermilab
    • Henkel Corporation
    • JEAcoustics
    • Lehman Brothers
    • Loeb Electric
    • Matlab
    • Marmion Academy
    • Mayo Clinic
    • NASA
    • Northern Illinois University
    • Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS)
    • Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory
    • RCN Freight
    • Sterling Trader, INC
    • Wolfram Research
    Graduate Schools Attended by NIU Alumni
    • Clemson University
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Yale School of Medicine
    Professional Associations
    • Acoustical Society of America
    • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
    • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
    • American Association of Physics Teachers
    • American Astronomical Association
    • American Institute of Physics
    • American Physical Society
    • Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology
    • Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics
    • National Association of Science Writers
    • North American Crystallographers
    • The Board on Physics and Astronomy
    • The Forum on Industrial Physics

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