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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