Not a STEM Sort of Person? Here are 4 Careers for a Liberal-Arts Major

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Perhaps you might have read that a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is the best way to make sure you land a job after graduation. While there are certainly lots of jobs in these areas, there are also career paths for those who study the liberal arts. So, if you're someone who isn't inclined to the STEM subjects, then don't feel like you have to force yourself into them just to land a job. Below are careers that are great for liberal-arts majors.

Advertising and Marketing

Jobs in advertising and marketing require a broad understanding of topics, which is what a liberal-arts education provides. You will have to be able to assess the products, no matter whether they are soft drinks, sneakers, or cell phones, and come up with an proper way to advertise them. You will also need to come up with creative ways of hitting the target audience. While you will need to use numbers, there is a lot of psychology and creativity involved in these fields, and not just statistics and demographic analysis. You can draw on liberal-arts courses such as those focused on communication theory, English, and psychology in addition to advertising and marketing.

Human Resources

While it might not be as glamorous as some of the other areas on the list, human resources is an area where there are lots of openings. Part of the skill set involved in working in human resources is the ability to deal with multiple types of people. People are not numbers or cells in a petri dish, so you need to understand how to deal with different personality types. This is something you will be better equipped to do with a liberal-arts education. You will be exposed to courses about different cultures, perhaps through sociology classes, and you will take communication classes that deal with how to convey ideas appropriately.

Law

Many people who go on to attend law school received degrees in liberal arts while at their undergrad school. A liberal-arts degree is perfect for getting ready for law school. Courses in philosophy (especially logic) are particularly helpful.

Journalism

Journalism is yet another field where a liberal-arts degree will come in handy. You never know what it is you are going to encounter while working on a story, so a broad base of learning will be beneficial. For instance, if you're covering a story on an immigrant community or a low-income community and their fight with real-estate developers, then a background in sociology, history, and communications will be of much greater assistance than courses in organic chemistry or number theory. A broad knowledge of the world will serve you much better when reporting on events. Of course, when it comes time to report on a large chemical company and their skirting of EPA laws, you will be able to contextualize it for lay readers, the specialized knowledge that a chemistry major might know is mostly unnecessary for the average reader.

Check out the class listings of institutions like Chatfield College for more information.

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