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Skills for a competitive job market

According to research, the liberal arts skill set – oral and written communication, creativity, problem-solving and critical analysis – is highly sought by today’s employers. Oxford University predicts that 45 percent of current jobs will be gone in 20 years due to artificial intelligence. 

The jobs that are not threatened with elimination are those that involve creativity and human interaction. Those are the jobs that you’ll prepare for as a liberal arts student. In fact, research by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities reveals that liberal arts students out-earn most pre-professional graduates in their peak earning years. In other words, the College of Liberal and Applied Arts helps ensure the success of students for the upcoming changes in the job market. 

Students in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts pursue rewarding careers in a wide variety of fields, including:

Anthropology, Geography and Sociology 

  • Criminologist 
  • Cartographer 
  • Meteorologist 
  • Geography teacher 
  • Market analyst 
  • Urban planner 
  • Social researcher 
  • Community developer 
  • Housing coordinator 
  • Peace Corps worker 
  • Climatologist  

English and Creative Writing   

  • Reporter 
  • Speechwriter  
  • Editor 
  • Journalist  
  • Proofreader  
  • Teacher/Professor 
  • Copywriter 
  • Technical writer  
  • Manuscript reader 
  • Novelist 


  • Police officer  
  • Federal agent  
  • Lobbyist  
  • Paralegal  
  • Corrections officer  
  • Foreign service officer  
  • Probation officer  
  • Public affairs officer  
  • Court reporter  
  • City manager 


  • Archivist 
  • Genealogist 
  • Policy advisor 
  • Corporate historian 
  • Lawyer  
  • Librarian 
  • Preservation specialist  
  • Teacher/professor  
  • Museum curator 
  • Research assistant 

Language, Culture and Communication 

  • Government official 
  • Linguist 
  • French teacher 
  • Spanish teacher 
  • Tour guide 
  • Foreign service officer 
  • Travel writer/editor 
  • Interpreter/Translator  

Mass Communication  

  • Voice-over artist 
  • Advertising account executive 
  • Copywriter 
  • Public relations executive 
  • Journalist 
  • Photojournalist 
  • Radio/TV announcer 
  • Screenwriter 
  • Sports announcer 

Multidisciplinary Studies 

  • College professor 
  • Religious leader 
  • Diplomat  
  • Research analyst 
  • Grant coordinator 


  • Career counselor 
  • Guidance counselor 
  • Research psychologist 
  • Case manager 
  • Counseling psychologist 
  • Probation officer 
  • Clinical psychologist 
  • Residential counselor 

Social Work 

  • Case manager 
  • Drug prevention counselor 
  • Public policy administrator 
  • Program administrator 
  • Volunteer coordinator 
  • Clinical practitioner 
  • Researcher 



College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Ferguson Building 
Room 273   

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13033, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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