If you enjoy reading, analyzing what you’ve read, and attempting to understand other cultures, then a career in the humanities or liberal studies might be right for you. This career area covers many specializations, from academics who spend their time researching and teaching, to professionals whose research is used in practical applications. Some subareas of this field include anthropology, archaeology, geography, and history, although these are by no means the only specializations available. These professionals work to expand our understanding of the world, by exhuming relics of the past, studying primary historical documents, and researching world cultures.
Most professional positions in the humanities require that applicants possess at least a master’s degree; doctoral degrees will open up a number of other job options, including positions in academia. Graduate degrees include intensive periods of research, professional practice, and writing, and mimic the tasks a humanities professional is expected to do in the “real world.” A bachelor’s degree in a humanities or liberal studies field will limit one’s job options, although graduates’ skill sets will qualify them for positions in related fields, such as writing, editing, or research assisting. Geographers have the opportunity to earn a voluntary professional credential, to help increase their job prospects.
Particular professions in the humanities, namely anthropology, archaeology, and geography, will have faster than average job growth in the coming years, due to an increase in government hiring. The Federal executive branch will be hiring these workers to assist in geopolitical relations and municipal growth. Historians will see about average job growth, and keen competition for available positions. The average anthropologist/archaeologist salary is about $54,000; historians earn about $55,000 and geographers earn $67,000.
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