When I transferred to the SSU Liberal Studies Program, I was looking into teaching. After three semesters in the program I’m now more interested in becoming a school counselor.” --Yanira Muniz, LIBS B.A. 2018

Many opportunities are available to students who earn a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. Graduates find entry into careers in business, government, and social service agencies like adult and family services, criminal justice, and health and welfare. With additional coursework in a teacher credential program (not currently available within the Ukiah major), some Liberal Studies majors become K-12 teachers. Others use their bachelor's degree as a springboard to graduate studies in a variety of fields including counseling, law, or library science, among others. Many students use the Liberal Studies degree to improve their current employment standing. Check out careers by category, or jump to the career forecast (anticipated growth rates, salary) for select careers. The possibilities are endless!

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The demand in the job market for people with a Liberal Studies degree is stimulated by a growing need for skills associated with a liberal arts education. “According to studies from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers often rank skills such as critical thinking and communication—hallmarks of liberal arts training—above technical aptitude as essential for career readiness. Liberal arts study helps students develop strong foundational competencies,” says Paul Timmins, director of career services for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “It gives them tools to succeed beyond their first job.”” (From the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook website) Because of it's broad curriculum, Liberal Studies prepares graduates for careers in many areas. Some of the careers listed below require no, or minimal additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree, other careers require additional work experience or education


HIV/AIDS Advocacy

Volunteer Coordinator

International Aid and Relief Organizations


Advocate Case Manager

Victim Advocate

Family Services Advocate


Financial Services and Banking

Customer Service

Sales and Marketng

Advertising and Public Relations

Human Resources

Project Management


Head Start programming

After School programming

Adult Education programming

Librarian/Information Professional


Guidance/School Counselor

Family Life Educator

Media & Arts


Frelance Writing

Copy Writing



Media Sales

Museum Curator or Manager


Arts Programming

Law & Government



Policy Analyst

Campaign Manager

Special Interest Advocacy

Legislative Assistant

Probation Officer

Police Office

Health & Social Services

Counselor (Addiction, Domestic Violence, etc.)

Social Worker

Mental Health Services

Family Intervention Specialist

Crisis Hotline Services

Military Family Support Specialist

Occupational Therapist

Nurse Practioner

Speech-Language Pathologist

Career Forecast

The data listed below were obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Click on the O*NET link to search for careers not listed below, or click on a link below to obtain detailed information about the specific career, including: tasks, skills, knowledge, abilities necessary for success; typical work activities, styles and context; related occupations; and wages/employment trends. You can also use the O*NET site look for jobs based on ‘career cluster’ (occupations in the same field that require similar skills, like Human Services or Education and Training), ‘job family’ (occupations grouped together based on work performed, skills, education, training, and credentials), or ‘job zone’ (occupations organized by level of preparation needed) to search for jobs that utilize your interests, experience, skills, knowledge or work style. Check it out!   

Career Growth Median Annual Salary
Copywriter 5-9% (average) $61,820/$74,100
Librarian 5-9% (average) $58,520/$74,950
Middle School Teacher  5-9% (average) $33,120/$40,450
Guidance/School Counselor  10-14% (faster than average) $55,410/$62,790
Health Educator  15% (much faster than average) $53,940/$54,780
Addictions Counselor   15% (much faster than average) $46,740/$42,640
Occupational Therapist  15% (much faster than average) $83,200/$93,380


occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, or will have large numbers of job openings

occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations