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What Can I do With a Degree in Arts and Letters?

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What can you do with a degree in Arts and Letters?

The short answer is that you can do a lot. Your Arts and Letters 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 Arts and Letters 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 Arts and Letters 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 Handshake for Arts and Letters Majors

Students with degrees in Arts and Letters develop skills that are valued by employers. They may find employment in government, nonprofits, social services, educational institutions, and businesses, depending on their skills, experience, and interests. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment in some fields.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested Arts and Letters majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for Arts and Letters majors. This list is meant to show some typical job listings; it does not reflect current openings.

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Careers Reported by Arts and Letters 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 arts and letters

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
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Education Administrators
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Designers
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Counselors
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Producers and Directors
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Management Analysts
  • Actors
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Writers and Authors
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Financial Managers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Artists 
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Police Officers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Computer Programmers
  • Web Developers
  • Athletes and Coaches
  • Editors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Photographers
  • Fundraisers
  • Psychologists
  • Musicians and Singers
  • Community and Social Service Specialists, including Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Dentists
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Physical Scientists
  • Entertainers and Performers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives
  • Logisticians
  • Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
  • Technical Writers
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Directors, Religious Activities and Education
  • News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents
  • Pharmacists
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Chiropractors
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Firefighters
  • Database Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

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See also:

The following pages may have additional information and ideas for careers. What Can I do With a Major/Certificate/Minor in:

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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Portland State University

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