Careers in the Humanities

The disciplines that make up the Humanities may not teach a specific "vocational" direction, but they teach you the core knowledge and skills that are critical in any career that you choose. It is no wonder that you will find humanists who are successful in a wide range of careers, because they have mastered the key skills that every employer looks for: critical thinking, flexibility, adaptability, ability to question, ability to read and write correctly, ability to work with a diverse group of people and display cultural understanding, ability to speak another language, good writing skills and attention to detail.

Why Humanities?

A degree in the Humanities prepares students for a wide variety of career paths. This may be why more than 38% of Fortune 500 CEOs are liberal arts graduates.

Employers have long recognized that majors in the liberal arts develop the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. This is especially true in today’s downsized work environment where employees are expected to perform multiple tasks and exhibit the kind of creativity and flexibility that liberal arts students acquire through their studies.

Students who major in English, Professional Writing, Philosophy, Theatre, and Spanish at York College develop their oral and written communication skills while honing their ability to identify and solve problems, generate ideas, formulate and defend controversial policies or claims, and adapt to new and unfamiliar positions.


A major in the Humanities offers excellent preparation for students interested in graduate and professional school and for rewarding careers in fields such those as the list below.





  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Publishing
  • Executive/Management Trainee
  • Market Analyst
  • Sales Associate
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Web Content Development
  • Web Design


  • Teacher
  • College Professor
  • Admissions Officer
  • Alumni Relations Staff Member
  • Educational Tester
  • Development Officer

The Arts

  • Actor
  • Stage Manager
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Museum Administrator


  • Technical Writer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Magazine Editor
  • Journalist

Federal Government

  • Administrator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Congressional Staff Member
  • Postal Service Staff Member
  • Intelligence
  • Military service

Additional Resources

These pages can also help you answer the question: What can I do with a degree in the Humanities?