A non-profit organization is a non-business entity that often focuses on advancing a cause or mission versus making a profit. Non-profits serve specific members or a local or global community at large. They provide benefit to or may play a role in a community as service providers, support providers, funders or advocacy organizations. Many have tax-exempt status (501 (c)), and are run by a membership team or board of directors.

Areas of Interest

The non-profit sector is a possible employer for any area of study because it is so diverse in both the types of organizations it encompasses and the range of missions it pursues; occupations in the not-for-profit sector exist for every field of interest. Non-profits are looking for individuals with the transferable skills that are needed to make their organizations competitive and relevant.

Related Fields

If you have an interest in careers in nonprofits, you might also be interested in exploring careers in: communication, education and teaching, government, and international opportunities.

Research and Planning

You can investigate your options in the non-profit sector through some online resources:

  • California Career Zone
    Houses California-specific information on 900 jobs and 24 career families (not just non-profit) which can be especially helpful in looking at job market trends and training requirements that vary by state.
  • Nonprofit Career Network
    A one-stop resource for non-profit job postings with a directory to various non-profits.
  • Love To Know
    A large list of non-profit organizations categorized according to specific focus areas.


Professional Associations

Visit the ICC and Meet with an Advisor

For further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment. Our advising page has a list of all ICC advisors or you can review the list of undergraduate advisors below: