15 Viable Careers for Humanities Grads

By Laura Allan

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Possibly the most obvious job for a humanities major is teaching. It's a profession that uses most of the skills you've learned, from close reading to verbal communication. You'll have to use these abilities to create lesson plans, edit papers, work well with others and be able to keep authority in a leadership role. A second bachelor's degree or a master's degree in teaching is typically required for K-12 positions, and most college-level teaching requires a terminal degree in your field, such as an MFA or a PhD.

Education Administration

Maybe being in the classroom all the time isn't your forte. You can still get a job in education without being a teacher. Education administration allows you utilize your organization and communication abilities. You'll have to make sure things work efficiently and effectively every day.


As someone with expert analytical and interpersonal skills, marketing is something for you to consider. You'll have to know your audience and how to best portray a product so they will want it. For someone who knows how to get a point across effectively and read reactions well, that shouldn't be a problem.


It might be that you prefer a one-on-one situation. You can still utilize everything you would in marketing with a sales job. You'll memorize lots of information about a product and be able to answer an assortment of questions. You'll also have to be able to be friendly and respectful in any situation.


Here's where you'll have to really show off those verbal and written skills. Communication hinges on interacting with people and getting them information effectively. Your writing will have to be clear and informative, and you'll have to be as helpful as you can. Often you'll have to work with a team when communicating with clients or other businesses.


Organization and teamwork is something you're probably very familiar with by now. You know how to assign people tasks while seeing to your own responsibilities as well. These skills are vital for someone in management. It could be the local pet store or a major web company, whatever you have the most experience and knowledge in.


The world of journalism holds many options. You can be a columnist, a reporter or even a food or movie critic. In all of these positions you will have to be able to do research, write clearly, interact with others effectively, organize your schedule and work to a deadline. Doesn't that sound awfully similar to your college career?

Social Worker

If compassion for the human race is something that drives you, this might be your path. Even though much of the job relies on your interpersonal skills, a fair amount of time will be spent doing paperwork and researching different options for your clients. You'll also have to problem solve in stressful situations.

Event Planner

Perhaps you were a party person in college. If so, there are companies searching for someone like you. You might sign on with a company that arranges weddings or dinners, or you could be hired by a retirement home that needs someone to set up activities. Either way you'll have to think on your toes and be able to make sure that things run smoothly.


Maybe you love to create. That plus your communication, attention to detail and organization skills can lead you towards a career in design. It might be fashion, automotive or graphic art design. If you can make a strong portfolio and prove your abilities, companies will be happy to have you on board.


If the gift of gab is something you have, politics can be your next step. You know how to write, speak, plan and get a point across effectively to any audience. Put all that to the test. Look into local positions that you could run for in the next election. You'll have to prepare your campaign and really market yourself well.


You probably won't get a James Bond type job, but the FBI needs people with your abilities. They want people who can work well with others in a team, as well as read reactions in people they are questioning. You'll also have to do paperwork and keep a very busy schedule organized.


Editing and revising is something you've had plenty of experience with. If it's something you enjoyed, look for a job at nearby publishing firms. It will require an analytical eye, trained to pick out unclear language and typos. You'll also practice your decision-making abilities by deciding what to keep for your company and what to omit.


Proficiency at a foreign language comes in handy here. Communicating ideas and concepts without sounding offensive is something you know well. As a diplomat you'll have to use these skills and problem solving too. You must adapt to new environments with ease and function in potentially stressful situations.


The options in the world of research are many. You may even be able to sign on with a research team in a field like history or anthropology. You'll usually be working with others and will have to be able to share information well. This job will likely feel a bit like college, but the things you'll be researching might be brand new to your field instead of from a textbook.

Want to know more about possible jobs? Check this career information for a bachelor degree program!

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