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The demand in the job market for people with a Liberal Studies degree is stimulated by a growing need for skills associated with a liberal arts education. “According to studies from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers often rank skills such as critical thinking and communication—hallmarks of liberal arts training—above technical aptitude as essential for career readiness. Liberal arts study helps students develop strong foundational competencies,” says Paul Timmins, director of career services for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “It gives them tools to succeed beyond their first job.”” (From the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook website) Because of it's broad curriculum, Liberal Studies prepares graduates for careers in many areas. Below is a list of careers for Liberal Studies majors by category. Note that some of the careers listed below require no, or minimal additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree, other careers require additional work experience or education. At the bottom of this page, you will find career forecast information for select careers, including projected growth and salaries. This information will be updated periodically to highlight new careers, so if these aren't the careers you're interested in, check back!

Advocacy

  • HIV/AIDS Advocacy
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • International Aid and Relief Organizations
  • Fundraising/Development
  • Advocate Case Manager
  • Victim Advocate
  • Family Services Advocate

Business

  • Financial Services and Banking
  • Customer Service
  • Sales and Marketng
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Project Management

Education

  • Head Start programming
  • After School programming
  • Adult Education programming
  • Librarian/Information Professional
  • Teacher
  • Guidance/School Counselor
  • Family Life Educator

Media & Arts

  • Journalism
  • Frelance Writing
  • Copy Writing
  • Editing
  • Broadcasting
  • Media Sales
  • Museum Curator or Manager
  • Archivist
  • Arts Programming

Law & Government

  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Campaign Manager
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Probation Officer
  • Police Office

Health & Social Services

  • Counselor (Addiction, Domestic Violence, etc.)
  • Social Worker
  • Mental Health Services
  • Family Intervention Specialist
  • Crisis Hotline Services
  • Military Family Support Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nurse Practioner
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

Career Forecast

The data listed below were obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Click on the O*NET link to search for careers not listed below, or click on a link below to obtain detailed information about the specific career, including: tasks, skills, knowledge, abilities necessary for success; typical work activities, styles and context; related occupations; and wages/employment trends. You can also use the O*NET site look for jobs based on ‘career cluster’ (occupations in the same field that require similar skills, like Human Services or Education and Training), ‘job family’ (occupations grouped together based on work performed, skills, education, training, and credentials), or ‘job zone’ (occupations organized by level of preparation needed) to search for jobs that utilize your interests, experience, skills, knowledge or work style. Check it out!   

Career Growth Median Annual Salary
(nationwide/CA)
Copywriter 5-9% (average) $61,820/$74,100
Librarian 5-9% (average) $58,520/$74,950
Middle School Teacher  5-9% (average) $33,120/$40,450
Guidance/School Counselor  10-14% (faster than average) $55,410/$62,790
Health Educator  15% (much faster than average) $53,940/$54,780
Addictions Counselor   15% (much faster than average) $46,740/$42,640
Occupational Therapist  15% (much faster than average) $83,200/$93,380

 

occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, or will have large numbers of job openings

occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations