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What Do People with Humanities Degrees Do?



Dr. Adam L. Tate Chair, Department of Humanities G-210 Arts & Sciences Bldg (678) 466-4809

Sherree Buchanon Administrative Assistant Department of Humanities G-210 Arts & Sciences Bldg (678) 466-4890

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Lots of things! You will find successful humanities students in just about every area of human endeavor. Did you know that over two-thirds of humanities majors get jobs in the private sector? Did you know that almost 60% of U.S. CEOs have degrees in the humanities?

Graduates of a bachelor's degree program in Humanities can seek a career in various areas, including teaching, counseling and social work, though many choose to gain a more specialized graduate-level degree. The Education Resources Information Center lists these other major categories to guide people searching for a career in Humanities:

  • Language
  • Law
  • Museum curator
  • Library administration

A Synopsis of Careers in Humanities

The broad and flexible skills of a degree in Humanities -- communication, writing, problem-solving and critical thinking -- are readily transferable to a large number of business careers, though some further training or education may be necessary. This is also true of professional careers in law and medicine.

Humanities majors are often attracted to the helping professions, such as medicine, psychology and social work. In the religious field, some become clergy and missionaries. By further examining more of the categories listed above, we find other interesting possibilities.

Language Careers in Humanities

Students of Humanities often possess strong reading and writing skills, sometimes in more than one language. The following list highlights some careers for which these skills are essential:

  • Author
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Interpreter
  • Translator

Library and Museum Careers

Institutions that gather and distribute knowledge attract students of Humanities. Museum curators, for example, use their knowledge of history, art or culture to develop exhibits. Librarians apply historical, literary and referential knowledge to assist patrons. Other institutions, such as historical societies, may hire people for these positions:

  • Conservator
  • Registrar
  • Technician
  • Archivist