So you have chosen an arts major at school. Things are going great, you are getting the grades, you have friends and life is awesome, until you graduate. Once you graduate, the job you were hoping to find may not exist, not being negative here, but realistic. Steven Waechter says Liberal arts degree is useless based on the following criteria he lays out https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-liberal-arts-degrees-worthless-steven-waechter.
Time and again, we have seen major news outlets calling some of the degrees useless , an article by Forbes describes, the top 10 worst college majors https://www.forbes.com/pictures/lmj45ldff/no-4-philosophy-and-religious-studies/#5db7421e337c, but let’s think again. Are they really worse or do we not put them in the right context. These subjects are great for students to get a wide exposure, all they need is, to tweak their skills to the current job market, so its essentially not a worthless degree, but liberal arts majors are ones that don’t satisfy a hungry job market looking for other skills.
Now, let’s take a look and see how we can map these major to careers that have a better future. Don’t get me wrong, I am not asking you to switch careers or say the ones below are the best. Pursue what you are passionate about, you will always find success. But if you did not know why you took your major when you did it or you took it because you were told to by someone else and you have no clue what you were getting into. This post is for you.
Don’t get nervous about your future with a liberal arts degree. You can live a better richer life than your parents if you follow through any one of these careers in computers that have a positive job growth rate for the next 10 years and potential for high pay as per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Don’t get let down if someone says that’s a worthless degree, any knowledge in this world is never worthless, gaining ‘no knowledge’ on anything is what is worthless. So if you struggle to get a job, remember, employers are looking for “skills” hard skills that you can contribute so they can benefit from you and not the other way around. They want someone who can hit the ground running. Ok... I am not going to give a detailed career advise here, but remember this when you look for a job, learn the hard skills in computer to make yourself marketable.
And here we go…
Following is a list of 7 liberal arts career that map to careers in computer science which have a high pay potential
Skill Acquired after graduation|
Career with Computers|
Average Pay in I.T.|
Thinking critically and arguing a pointCommunication
Ability to work within a team to develop and present ideas
Creativity and imaginationGood team-working skills and excellent attention to detail
strong technical problem-solving ability
Fine Arts Photography|
Organisational and time-management skillsExcellent communication, IT and marketing skills
Composition, design and technical ability
ERP Functional Consultant|
Creativity and imaginationDrawing and modelling skills
Communication and presentation skills
Empathy and the ability to gain clients trustEmotional strength and the ability to cope with challenging situations
The ability to handle sensitive and difficult issues
Historical Research techniquesHistorical Analysis Skills
Critical Reading Skills
Excellent organisational and project-management skillsDrawing, computer-aided design (CAD) and model-making skills
The ability to work out costs and keep to budgets
Salary Source: https://www.glassdoor.com