Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Liberal Arts Requirements

There are now many subjects that fall within the broad scope of the liberal arts category; a typical liberal arts degree program is interdisciplinary, covering topics within the humanities, as well as social, natural and formal sciences. The liberal arts spectrum covers the following fields:

Humanities – includes art, literature, linguistics, philosophy, religion, ethics, modern foreign languages, music, theater, speech, classical languages (Latin/Greek) etc.

Social sciences – includes history, psychology, law, sociology, politics, gender studies, anthropology, economics, geography, business informatics, etc.

Natural sciences – includes astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, botany, archaeology, zoology, geology, Earth sciences, etc.

Formal sciences – includes mathematics, logic, statistics, etc.

Liberal Arts Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Liberal Arts degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Liberal Arts degrees have experience in is Food Server, followed by Preschool Teacher, Barista, Receptionist, Childcare Worker, Library Assistant, Journalist, Copywriter, Social Media Manager, and Teacher Assistant.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Food Server 3.5% 3.6% 1.0×
Preschool Teacher 1.4% 0.4% 3.9×
Barista 1.9% 0.8% 2.2×
Receptionist 1.7% 1.1% 1.5×
Childcare Worker 1.7% 1.0% 1.7×
Library Assistant 1.7% 0.2% 6.6×
Journalist 1.2% 0.6% 2.1×
Copywriter 1.4% 0.5% 3.0×
Social Media Manager 1.2% 0.4% 2.9×
Teacher Assistant 2.3% 0.7% 3.3×

Liberal Arts Salary

Liberal Arts graduates earn on average $32k, putting them in the 15th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $25k
Median (average earners) $32k
75th (top earners) $42k

Liberal Arts Underemployment

Liberal Arts graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 61%
Part-Time 31%
Low-paying 16%

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