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Career Opportunities

What Kind of Careers Can You Pursue with a Liberal Arts Degree?

What’s your dream job? You may not know yet, and that’s OK! A degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences prepares you for a variety of jobs in many career fields. For many students, a big first step is getting practical, hands-on work experience through an internship or co-op

Here is a list of sample job titles compiled from AUM graduates and government jobs data such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

English and Philosophy Department

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers students a traditional liberal arts education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Communication and Theatre

The training in this department is designed to develop well-rounded, effective communicators. Many employers say that communication skills are some of the most important career skills to have. There is select job growth data available for some job titles; for instance, employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028. Candidates can expect strong competition for jobs at advertising and public relations firms and organizations with large media exposure.

A few of the job titles you might pursue with this degree include:

Actor
Arts Program Administrator
Board Operator
Carpenter
Communications Director
Content Marketer
Copy Editor
Corporate Communication Specialist
Costume Designer
Director
Dramaturge
Entrepreneur

Freelance Writer
Grant Writer
Lighting Designer
Lighting Technician
Makeup Artist
Marketing Coordinator
Marketing Copywriter
Media Analyst
Media Buyer
Media Relations Specialist
Media Reporter

Media Specialist
News Director
Playwright
Political Communications Specialist
Producer
Public Information Officer
Rigger
Salesperson
Scenic Artist
Scenic Designer
Scriptwriter

Social Media Specialist
Sound Engineer
Sports Journalist
Stage Manager
Stage Technician
Talent Agent
Teacher
Technical Director
Television Reporter
Theatre Administrator
Video Editor

Economics

Many jobs associated with this degree are growing. For instance, employment of budget analysts is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The demand for budget analysts should continue because of the importance of their role in managing the allocation of funds in both governments and businesses.

Some of the job titles you might pursue with this degree include:

Actuary
Broker
Budget Analyst
Business Journalist
CIA Analyst or Agent
Credit Analyst
Economic Analyst
Economic Development Officer

Economic Forecaster
Economic Researcher
Financial Consultant
Financial Manager
Financial Planner
Forecaster
Foreign Service Officer

High School Teacher or College Professor
Industry, Economic or Political Analyst
International Analyst
Investment Banker
Investment Banker
Legislative Assistant
Loan Officer
Researcher

English and Philosophy

A few of the job titles you might pursue with this degree include:

Biographer
Book Critic
Commentator
Content Marketer
Copy Editor
Corporate Communication Specialist
Editor
English as a Foreign Language Teacher

Entrepreneur
Freelance Writer
Grant Writer
Librarian
Linguist
Literary Critic
Marketing Copywriter
Media Relations Specialist
Media Specialist

Proofreader
Publisher
Reporter
Social Media Specialist
Teacher
Technical Writer
Writer
Writing Coach

Fine Arts

Those trained in the visual arts have many career options in job sectors such as private business, industry, government, advertising agencies and entrepreneurship. Some of the job titles you might pursue with this degree include:

Animator
Archivist
Art Consultant
Art Director
Craftsperson
Fashion Designer

Gallery Owner
Graphic Designer
Illustrator
Multimedia Artist
Museum Exhibit Designer

Museum Professional
Photographer
Studio Artist
Teacher
Video Artist
Web Designer

History and World Languages and Cultures

Students in this department gain skills in critical thinking, research, and writing that prepare them for a variety of career paths, such as government, diplomacy, library and information science, teaching and business. Careers in public history are also common, such as working at archives, museums, and historic sites. Other graduates go on to continue their education through graduate degrees, law school or seminary.

Some of the job titles you might pursue with this degree include::

Archivist
Civil Service Administrator
Copy Editor
Historian

Historical Writer
Information Officer
Language Coach
Librarian

Linguist
Military Officer
Museum Conservator
Museum Curator

Museum Professional
Researcher
Teacher
Writer

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice degree provides preparation for careers in corrections, juvenile justice, law enforcement and security administration. As an example, the employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.

A few of the job titles you might pursue with this degree include:

Arbitrator
Compliance Investigator
Corrections Official
Court Administrator
Court Operations Manager

Forensics Officer
Government Officer
Information Security Analyst
Legal Assistant
Mediator
Paralegal

Police Officer
Private Investigator
Probation Officer
Security Consultant
Teacher

Political Science and Public Administration

With this degree, graduates can explore many career areas in law and politics. Some graduates develop toward positions as leaders of local, state and federal agencies. Some of the job titles you might pursue with this degree include:

Campaign Manager
Communications Officer
Community Organizer
Defense Analyst
Foreign Service Officer
Government Affairs Director

Intelligence Analyst
Journalist
Legislative Assistant
Lobbyist
Nonprofit Program Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator
Policy Analyst

Political Consultant
Public Opinion Researcher
Public Relations Officer
Reporter
Research Analyst
Teacher

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

Majoring in sociology or social work provides solid preparation for a variety of career paths, including nonprofit work, state agencies, the law, and a wide variety of other options. Students majoring in social work may be licensed as a social worker. Other job titles that you might pursue with a sociology or social work degree include:

Anthropologist
Archaeologist
Child Abuse Investigator
Child Advocate
City Planner
Community Educator
Community Service Manager
Corrections Official
Crisis Counselor

Cultural Resource Management Professional
Data Research Analyst
Domestic Violence Advocate
Family Services
Human Resources Representative
Lobbyist
Market Researcher
Mental Health Case Manager
Museum Professional
Non-profit Administrator

Patient Advocate
Policy Analyst
School/Career Counselor
Social Services Case Manager
Social Worker
Student Support Services
Substance Abuse Counselor
Teacher
Writer

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Through its various departments, the AUM College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers a variety of resources to give students the necessary knowledge and skills to be profoundly competitive. Join us and apply to AUM, where learning matters most. It’s why we learn-and why we teach.

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