Career Outlook

Disruptive technologies, globalization, and industry shake-ups are creating a wealth of opportunities and challenges for leaders and entrepreneurs across industries. As today’s job market continues to evolve, new careers are emerging, which demand creativity, broad knowledge, and the ability to fit disparate pieces of information into a coherent whole. To successfully navigate these shifting landscapes requires a distinct way of seeing, thinking, and doing—it requires mental agility and adaptability. These skills are at the core of a liberal studies education.

According to a recent Pew report, as robots, automation, and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, there will be an increased focus on cultivating human skills that AI and machines can't duplicate. The report went on to note that workers of the future must learn to deeply cultivate and exploit creativity, collaborative activity, abstract and systems thinking, complex communication, and the ability to thrive in diverse environments.

A Georgetown liberal studies education—one based in the traditions of some of the world’s greatest philosophers and teachers—provides you with instruction in multiple disciplines and prepares you to dissect complex questions, analyze nuanced problems, and develop creative and well-reasoned solutions.

This section has testimonials from current students and alumni.

  • Headshot of Gregory Havrilak, Ph.D., Faculty

    The future of undergraduate education is interdisciplinary studies. Georgetown's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program excels in courses that are interdisciplinary by design. My excitement teaching in the program stems from this academic model that empowers students to confront their challenges in the classroom from more than one direction; a multi-focused approach to a college degree.”

    Gregory Havrilak, Ph.D., Faculty Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

While college-educated workers' wages have increased over the past two decades, those with only a high school education have seen decreases in annual salaries in the same time period.

Additionally, according to The College Payoff, a report published by the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce, those with bachelor's degrees, no matter the field, earn vastly more than counterparts with some college ($1.55 million in lifetime earnings) or a high school diploma ($1.30 million lifetime), indicating that no matter the level of attainment or the field of study, simply earning a four-year degree is often integral to financial success later in life.

72% Employment rate of U.S. population ages 25+ with bachelor's or higher 55% Employment rate of U.S. population ages 25+ with high school diploma as highest level of education 56% Earnings gap between college graduates and high school graduates, 2015, (the widest gap on record) Top attributes employers want to see on new graduates’ resumes: Leadership 80% Ability to work in a team 79% Written Communication skills 70% Problem-solving skills 70% Verbal Communication skills 69%

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA Today, National Association of Colleges and Employers