Liberal Arts Job Opportunities

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

“Interpretive dance may not be in demand, but the competencies that liberal arts majors emphasize — writing, synthesis, problem solving — are sought after by employers.”
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Liberal Arts in the Data Age

“If we want to prepare students to solve large-scale human problems, Hartley argues, we must push them to widen, not narrow, their education and interests. He ticks off a long list of successful tech leaders who hold degrees in the humanities. To mention just a few CEOs: Stewart Butterfield, Slack, philosophy; Jack Ma, Alibaba, English; Susan Wojcicki, YouTube, history and literature; Brian Chesky, Airbnb, fine arts.”
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23 of the Best Jobs for History Majors

“Note: try also searching for more than “historian” in the above search box. Expand your search with the following skill-based keywords: communications, analyst, research, strategic communications, and public affairs.”
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Careers for Students of History

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By Constance Schulz, Page Putnam Miller, Aaron Marrs, and Kevin Allen
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To see how liberal arts grads really fare, report examines long-term data


Liberal arts majors may start off slower than others when it comes to the postgraduate career path, but they close much of the salary and unemployment gap over time, a new report shows. By their mid-50s, liberal arts majors with an advanced or undergraduate degree are on average making more money those who studied in professional and pre-professional fields, and are employed at similar rates.
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The ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket


Stop thinking of Silicon Valley as an engineer’s paradise. There’s far more work for liberal arts majors–who know how to sell and humanize.
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It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success: Overview and Key Findings


Especially since the recent economic downturn and in light of the increasingly competitive global economy, employers express concerns about whether the U.S. is producing enough college graduates and whether they have the skills, knowledge, and personal responsibility to contribute to a changing workplace and help companies and organizations succeed and grow.
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History Isn’t a Useless Major

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Everything has a history. To think historically is to recognize that all problems, all situations, all institutions exist in contexts that must be understood before informed decisions can be made. No entity — corporate, government, nonprofit — can afford not to have a historian at the table. We need more history majors, not fewer.
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Why America’s Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education


If you’re in college, or happen to be about to graduate, and you’ve been mocked for getting a liberal arts degree, here’s a piece of welcome news: You’re actually in more demand than those who are getting finance and accounting degrees.
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Revenge of the Liberal Arts Major


If you’re in college, or happen to be about to graduate, and you’ve been mocked for getting a liberal arts degree, here’s a piece of welcome news: You’re actually in more demand than those who are getting finance and accounting degrees.
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How to land a job in tech with a liberal arts major


There’s avid discussion in tech these days about the relative value of liberal arts degrees in the tech world. After all, what can you do with an English degree that is actually applicable to a rapidly growing software company? As it turns out, I’ve observed a whole lot of value in my five years at HubSpot.
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Tech Skills For Liberal Arts Majors & Why They’re Important – GA Blog

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While companies are always looking for candidates with a strong liberal arts background and the skills that come with it, they are even more drawn to candidates that have developed a technical skillset as well. That’s why it’s a good idea to add some tech skills to your professional repertoire.
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Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees

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Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen once said that the average English degree holder is fated to become a shoe salesman, hawking wares to former classmates who were lucky enough to have majored in math. Meanwhile, PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, who studied philosophy at Stanford, refers to degrees like his as “antiquated debt-fueled luxury goods.”
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Ten Ways to Market Your Liberal Arts Degree

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by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. Let’s face it; liberal-arts degrees get a bum rap. Everyone wants to know what in the world you’re going to be able to do with that philosophy or history or literature degree.
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How a Major in History Gives You the Intangible Edge

When you are choosing a major, the skills imparted by history that can be carried into virtually any line of work—good writing, thinking critically about the world around you—are less obvious. You may not sense those intangibles at the moment. But four years from now, I guarantee you the scouts will.