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"Alt-Ac" Job Search (beyond Higher Education)

Your best bets for finding work outside of higher education:

  • Create a complete LinkedIn profile and connect to recruiters. 
  • Networks of national professional organizations; faculty members' networks; alumni connections
  • Discipline-specific job boards (some examples below)
  • Learn about social media searches*
  • Email alerts from trusted sources
  • Employment sites of respected firms
  • Campus career fairs

Getting Started with Alt-Ac Job Search Sites*

Science & Research

ScienceCareers Search for research and nonresearch science careers. Highly recommended: Follow @MyScienceCareer to watch for job posts on Twitter. Offered by the journal, Science. 

AAAS Careers  American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS offers tools and tips, job market information, and a supportive online community.

LinkedIn/research jobs Thousands of job posts across industries.

DropOutClub Specializes in jobs for medeical doctors and (mostly) biomedical researchers who seek careers outside of traditional clinical and research tracks.

International Jobs, Hospitality & Tourism 

GoinGlobal Search for job openings around the world. Mizzou students have free access. 

HotellerieJobs Working in travel? Sounds like a dream come true, right? This site has tons of different options in the hospitality industry—from a guest service agent to a waterski instructor for Club Med. I told you—they're total dream jobs.

My Visa Jobs is a great page for international students with appropriate job search resources and links 

Media, Social Media & Intergrated Media

Mediabistro  Looking to break into social media, publishing, advertising, PR, or television? Mediabistro rounds up tons of different opportunities you can apply for. Explaining your new gig to Mom or Dad, who are both still trying to get the hang of email? Well, that part's on you.

JournalismJobs Whether you’re on the hunt for your next freelance project or want to score a full-time role as a copy editor, this job board should be on your list of sites to check daily.

TalentZoo Job board of design, creative, advertising, marketing, "Geek" and web  openings. 

LinkedIn/media-jobs Thousands of job posts across industries.


PoliticalWire From research assistants to executive directors, you’ll find plenty of legislative and government jobs using this site’s job search tool.

Opportunties in Public Affairs From entry to senior level jobs in the Washington, DC area and nationally. Public relations, government affairs, legislation and journalism across job sectors (e.g., nonprofit, corporations, government.) 


SalesGravy offers a job board with a variety of opportunities. Note: Sales, especially in technology-related and health & medicine, often seek advanced degree holders. 

IT, Data Analysis, Technology & Engineering

Avila Solutions provides a long list of the Hi-Tech companies in the US that sponsor the H1B work permit.  Considered the "go to" site for the engineering disciplines.  

ITJobPro From computer systems managers to help desk specialists, if you’re looking for a new position in IT, you’re likely to find something that interests you here.

iCrunchData  Specializes in postings related to data science, analytics and technology.

LinkedIn/IT-jobs Browse thousands of job posts.


eFinancial Careers Listings for banking, finance, insurance, and accounting. 

LinkedIn/Finance-jobs Thousands of job posts across industries.


HealthcareJobsite This site posts  medical-related positions—from technologists and lab assistants to sports medicine physicians and occupational therapists.

LinkedIn/healthcare-jobs Thousands of job posts across industries.

Architecture and Construction

Archinect Listings for project managers, interior designers and more. 

ConstructionJobs  Look for positions in project management, software analysis, scientist/engineer and more. Many positions Master's preferred. Browse the job board by job type or search by select cities & companies. 

NonProfit The go-to site for non-profit jobs, with a database of nearly 80,000 nonprofits. Includes internship and volunteer opportunities.

LinkedIn/non-profit jobs Browsse thousands of job posts.

US Government Jobs Official government site for jobs in the State of Missouri. Includes related work force information.

National Job Bank  Sponsored by the Journal of Extension, this job search engine covers state and federal jobs in Extension, outreach, and research. All disciplines.

O*Net Online allows you to browse for prospective job titles or search by an industry, job cluster or zone or Jobs with a Bight Outlook. The Advanced Search allows you to browse the database by transferable skills via a pull down menu.Once you find job titles of interest, you can learn more about the job then link to a database to find jobs. Best use: To obtain job titles for searching with other engines.

Peace Corps and Americorps offer an opportunity for you to gain experience through volunteer service in 60+ countries. Tuition remission for alumni is offered. They also list their agency jobs. 

USA Jobs Official site of the federal government. Includes all branches of the US government and military. All disciplines.

*About Job Search Engines (.com sites)  Be wary of mobile apps and job search engines offered by private employment firms or unknown entities. Carefully read each privacy statement to see if your personal information will be protected or used for other purposes. Watch for hidden fees and requirements of "free trial" periods.