Careers in Asian Studies

A major or minor in Asian Studies provides graduates with an expansive knowledge base that is applicable to a number of different fields and possibilities. Whether you want to do postgraduate work in Asian Studies or in law, economics, business, history, etc. or jump immediately into the job market, a major or minor in Asian Studies will grant you a plethora of different opportunities both in America and abroad.

These days the world is becoming more interdependent, international and intercultural, as a result employers are looking for candidates with international experience and/or an international outlook, specifically those with Asian familiarity.

According to, the average Asian Studies graduate makes between $40,452 and $79,354 with a job satisfaction of 5 out 5. The list below is not exhaustive but some common Asian Studies graduate jobs include:


Diplomacy, CIA, FBI, US Embassy Personnel, Security, Customs Inspector, Immigration Agent, United Nations job, Congressional Aide, Diplomat

Nonprofit Organizations

Cultural exchange, Peace Corps Volunteer, NGO (human rights, environmental issues), Refugee Affairs, Cross Cultural Educator, Pacific Asian Affairs Council, Asian Pacific American Organizations


Government, UN, Schools and Universities, Military, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Business, Retail, Newspaper, Radio, Television, Bilingual Editor


Management, Sales, Logistics, Marketing, Market Research Analyst, Importer/Exporter, International Trade Specialist, Finance, Communications, International Conference Planner, International Management, Trade Associations, Negotiators, Bank Administrator


ESL Teacher (America and abroad), Instructor of Foreign Language, University Professor, Foreign Student Advisor, Study Abroad Advisor, Asian Institute Specialist


Lawyer, Legal Aide, Legal Assistant, Legal Investigator, Paralegal, Patent Attorney, Court Translator

Travel Industry

Travel Agent, Management, Historic Site Guide, Flight Attendant


Foreign Correspondent (TV, newspaper, magazine, Internet), Journalist


Archivist, Social and Cultural Researcher, Site Administrator, Environmental, Archaeology

Alexander Hsu

Please contact Alex Hsu, academic advisor at or x7093 to discuss: 

  • Asian studies supplementary major
  • Asian studies minor
  • Global Asia concentration in the Keough School Global Affairs supplementary major