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What can you do with a degree in Liberal Studies?

The short answer is that you can do a lot. Your Liberal Studies degree prepares you for many careers in many fields.

That's great, isn't it? Many possible careers... But if many careers are possible, how will you choose among the possibilities?

A major in Liberal Studies is a powerful academic foundation that provides you with the opportunity to develop skills employers value in employees. These include: oral and written communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, analytical, critical thinking, organizational, and problem solving skills.

Remember that your Liberal Studies major, in and of itself, does not determine your career path. No major does — not business, not psychology, not biology.

It's up to you to determine which career is right for you, but you don't have to do it alone. Advising & Career Services can help you with the process of identifying your preferred skills, interests, and values, and identifying potential careers to explore. We can also help you think about how your coursework relates to the world of work and how to effectively describe your educational background to employers.

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List of Employers who Posted Jobs in CareerConnect for Liberal Studies Majors

Students who major in liberal studies develop transferable skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, synthesis, and problem solving. Liberal studies majors may find employment in business, government, nonprofits, social services, and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested liberal studies majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for liberal studies majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Careers Reported by Liberal Studies Majors 

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Liberal Arts.

Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go to the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Managers
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Education Administrators
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Counselors
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Management Analysts
  • Clergy
  • Designers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Financial Managers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Artists
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Writers and Authors
  • Photographers
  • Community and Social Service Specialists, Including Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Dentists
  • Psychologists
  • Web Developers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Physical Scientists
  • Librarians
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Producers and Directors
  • Fundraisers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Editors
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Wholesale and Retail Buyers
  • Logisticians
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives
  • Musicians and Singers
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Industrial Engineers, Including Health and Safety
  • Directors, Religious Activities and Education
  • Technical Writers
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Chiropractors
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Architects
  • News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
  • Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Civil Engineers
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Biological Scientists
  • Financial Analysts
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Actors
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Religious Workers
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Dancers and Choreographers
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Database Administrators
  • Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians
  • Budget Analysts
  • Surveyors, Cartographers, and Photogrammetrists
  • Agricultural and Food Scientists
  • Emergency Management Directors

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Frequently Asked Questions about Majors and Careers — Responds to the question 'Will I be able to get a job with a degree in the liberal arts?' — From Advising and Career Services

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Portland State University

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