- Human skills, like leadership, communication, and problem solving, are among the most in-demand skills in the labor market.
- Human skills are applied differently across career fields and must be effectively translated in terms of their relevance and application within a given field.
- Liberal art grads should add technical skills. There is considerable demand for workers who complement their human skills with basic technical skills like data analysis and digital fluency.
- Human+ skills are at work in a variety of fields. Human skills help liberal arts grads thrive in many career areas, including marketing, public relations, technology, and sales.
From their first job to their third job, liberal arts graduates commonly transition into high-skill, high-demand careers in marketing, advertising, public relations, management, and human resources and out of low-wage jobs in food preparation and customer service, for example.
Liberal arts grads then hit their stride later in their careers, experiencing rapid wage growth in their late 30s and early 40s—the fastest among majors. They have solid earnings and consistently outstrip certain career-oriented majors, but they don’t ever catch up to STEM majors in earnings.