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I have heard that liberal arts degrees give you more flexibility in the job market and have higher income potentials than technical degrees. Is this true?

Topic: Academics | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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This is not true. Liberal arts degrees give you more flexibility but your salary are more low. Liberal arts degrees are too general so you can go into too many different fields. It's hard for advancement because you are not specified. Technical degrees such as engineering and medicine are more practical and gets you higher paying jobs. Choose wisely!

Answered by: Mylittlep Ony H. | over 3 years ago
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That is not always the case. Many subjects within the liberal arts do not offer a lot of money once you get into the job market. Some technical degrees will get you more income. You have to see what it is you like and decide from there. Sometimes a liberal arts degree will get you more money. At other times the opposite may be true. It depends on the specific subject you choose to focus on.

Answered by: Rancor202 T. | over 3 years ago
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No, that is not at all true. It is a myth that has circled around a lot, but statistical evidence does not back up this myth. If you look at the average starting salaries of liberal arts majors versus engineers, you will see that engineers make far more. Also, in terms of long term earning potential, engineers as well as those in economics/finance are at the top of the pay scale. In short, get a liberal arts degree if that's what you really love, but don't expect to make very much money. Although there are some success stories of people taking a liberal arts degree and then making it big in business, there are far more people who have trouble finding a decent paying job.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | over 3 years ago
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It really depends on your major. For example, my dad has a doctorate from Oxford University and his sister who has a Nursing degree from a community college makes more money than him. However, he does make more money than most people who get a degree in something technical like auto mechanics. That said, a liberal arts degree does teach you to be incredibly resourceful and analytical--AND IT WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO WRITE WELL! And the ability to analyze a situation and summarize it succinctly is something than many fortune 500 companies search for in a candidate. So it's really up to you and what you make of your degree.

Answered by: Elleygirley B. | almost 4 years ago
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There's a 10 page PDF giving career advice for liberal arts degrees at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2007/winter/art01.pdf. It does speak to the flexibility of the degree. One piece of advice they recommend is to start narrowing down what field you are interested in as earlier rather than later. It includes a table of starting salaries. Overall, technical degrees probably offer better pay. Another page from the BLS for engineers says "Starting salaries are among the highest of all college graduates." http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htm. Overall, seems both options are viable, it would make sense to follow your heart rather than focus just on money.

Answered by: Criterion Y. | almost 4 years ago
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From experience Liberal Art Degrees are general degrees that can open doors to specific careers. It is a more flexible path to take versus a technical degree that has a specific path. Both are great depending on the hard work you put in and physically being flexible to all job opportunities. Remember to keep in mind, if you are bound to one area such as city or state, you will be limiting your opportunities regardless of what path you take. Overall a liberal arts degree can be followed by a specific concentration or certification.

Answered by: D Williams1978 F. | almost 4 years ago
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The fact that liberal arts degrees give you more flexibility is absolutely true. Generally with a technical degree you are training for one type of profession. If you want to change professions your will usually have to go back to school or retrain. Whether you make more money with a liberal arts degree is up to what type of job you get and your ambition. You can certainly make a decent salary with both types of degrees. But your determination and the field of work you go into will determine how much money you will make.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | almost 4 years ago
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I spoke with a respected scholar in business last week and she said a person with a liberal arts degree tells a company that you are more adaptable to a wide range of jobs within a company. With a technical degree you are seen as more locked in to that job you have a degree in. So definately a Liberal arts degree gives you more value and thus more earnings earlier.

Answered by: Dr. Anthony B. | almost 4 years ago
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This isn't necessarily true. Job markets vary widely across the country and while one region may have many opportunities for liberal arts majors, other regions might not have any. For that matter, job opportunities can change from year to year. Some technical degrees can also bring far higher incomes than some liberal arts degrees. Your best bet is to simply be the best you can at whatever major you choose, and don't be afraid to move across the country if an opportunity arises.

Answered by: Kat68 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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A 4 year degree is generally speaking more powerful than a 2 year technical degree. But depending on the career you go into and the job market when you apply this isn't always the case. A 4 year degree is always advisable if you aren't quite sure what you want to do because it gives you the opportunity to explore a lot of different fields and also gives you something solid to fall back on.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | almost 4 years ago
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No liberal arts degrees do not qualify you for any job I can think of, except those that simply require any bachelor's degree. I have never seen a job that requires a liberal arts degree. You could teach english in non english speaking countries.

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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While liberal art degrees don't necessarily have higher income potentials than technical degrees, they can afford you more flexibility in the job market. Though some employers request applicants who hold degrees in certain areas, many others are open to applicants who have studied all sorts of different things. Moreover, a graduate who had a liberal arts degree could argue that they are well versed in several different arenas, as opposed to those with technical degrees who are only experts in one area. In the current job market, the most flexibility possible is a definite plus.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | almost 4 years ago
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No this is not true. Liberal arts prepares you for very few careers. You should avoid this major at all costs.

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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Let's get our terms straight here. If by a technical degree you mean a degree from a vocational/trade school, then yes, a liberal arts degree is going to beat a technical degree, income-wise. However, a four-year degree in a technical field will generally out-earn a four-year degree in a humanities field. I would go for the four-year degree in either case, though. American vocational/technical schools, as a rule, offer substandard education and are predatory. Graduation and job placement rates are low. You encounter little of that at not-for-profit liberal arts schools.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | almost 4 years ago
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Liberal arts degrees give you virtually no skills other than the ones needed to get into grad school. They will not train you to do anything and you will most likely work at starbucks. "Is this true?" Absolutely not.

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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This may not be true. Liberal arts degrees do make you more flexible in the job market but it may not be easier to find a job. Technical degrees have an easier time finding a job because they already are into that field. I think salary potentials are different from job to job not by your degree.

Answered by: Apple Tarte X. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes it is. With a liberal art degree your total income will be way higher then if you got any other degree as proved and counted many times. Technical Degrees are generally the secondary choice of everyone.

Answered by: Rawrfest Z. | almost 4 years ago
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It seems that in the current job market, personal skills and experience seem to trump specific education. While it is true that a worker's particular degree may limit him to certain fields, it might also open doors in others. Oftentimes technical degrees have higher starting pay while the jobs themselves may be more limited. Regardless of degree, however, more and more workers these days find themselves in jobs that have little to do with their field of study in college. It becomes less important WHAT a worker's degree is in than the simple fact that they have a degree in the first place. After that, experience and previous accomplishments come into play.

Answered by: Apalmer822 B. | almost 4 years ago
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I don't think so! Technical degrees are in demand right now because they are more specialized degrees. Liberal arts degrees (sadly) are less valuable to employers because there are so few job openings these days, and those openings will go to people that are more specialized in that particular field. Written publications are becoming obsolete, so the entire industry of editing, writing, film, etc is experiencing a downturn. Anything dealing with computers or the internet is a much better route to take. The truth is that nobody has flexibility anymore - the job market is too poor.

Answered by: Vinny T I. | almost 4 years ago
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This is generally untrue. While a liberal arts degree is a valuable asset to have, many employers are trending towards specialization. Having a much more focused education makes you much more competitive in a specific field and yields a much greater earning potential. Jobs also tend to be more readily available for specialized graduates

Answered by: Mixtape C. | almost 4 years ago
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Its like liberal arts degrees are getter than technical degrees, because you can explore lot of thing in technical rather than in arts degrees. Now a days in job market you can find lot of job related to technical. so better you can go for technical related degrees to avail better job in job market.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | almost 4 years ago
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Look on line and buy books that talk about today highest pay in careers. It will give you a list of the top 100 or so and will give you the pay. It can also give you the lowest paying jobs. It will also give jobs that are going out.

Answered by: Purple N. | almost 4 years ago
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It may give you more flexibility, but you may have a harder time finding a job. Technical degrees are highly trained in one specified are, so these people find jobs quickly, as they know exactly what they're looking for. A liberal arts degree will give you more options, but as far as higher income potentials, I'm not so sure.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | almost 4 years ago
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Having a liberal arts degree will certainly give you a lot of flexibility in the job market. In terms of having higher income potentials that is completely up to the career path you choose. Engineers (someone who has a technical degree) generally make a nice salary but that doesn't mean someone working on the business side (in Advertising, Human resources ect) can't make just as much money. You should check websites like Monster.com that have salary calculators. This will give you a good idea of what recent graduates in different areas are making.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | almost 4 years ago
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Its like liberal arts degrees are getter than technical degrees, because you can explore lot of thing in technical rather than in arts degrees. Now a days in job market you can find lot of job related to technical. so better you can go for technical related degrees to avail better job in job market.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | almost 4 years ago
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Look on line and buy books that talk about today highest pay in careers. It will give you a list of the top 100 or so and will give you the pay. It can also give you the lowest paying jobs. It will also give jobs that are going out.

Answered by: Purple N. | almost 4 years ago
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It may give you more flexibility, but you may have a harder time finding a job. Technical degrees are highly trained in one specified are, so these people find jobs quickly, as they know exactly what they're looking for. A liberal arts degree will give you more options, but as far as higher income potentials, I'm not so sure.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | almost 4 years ago
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Having a liberal arts degree will certainly give you a lot of flexibility in the job market. In terms of having higher income potentials that is completely up to the career path you choose. Engineers (someone who has a technical degree) generally make a nice salary but that doesn't mean someone working on the business side (in Advertising, Human resources ect) can't make just as much money. You should check websites like Monster.com that have salary calculators. This will give you a good idea of what recent graduates in different areas are making.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes , it is the art groups would have flexible market in job field and earns higher incomes than technical degrees. The students of technical field will face many problems if the software falls but arts degrees will always maintain the demand in the market.

Answered by: Goujdas Z. | almost 4 years ago
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This can or cannot be true. The thing with technical degrees are, when entering the job market, there are usually set salary ranges for careers in those fields. Humanities degrees, however, are definitely more flexible for a wider range of different types of jobs. Many graduate schools, including medical schools, have an affinity for liberal arts majors, as they display more of an all-around applicant.

Answered by: Payal T. | almost 4 years ago
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I am currently finishing my final year at a liberal arts college, and I can personally attest to the benefits of attending a liberal arts education. As part of my education, I have studied a plethora of topics, from Business, to psychology, and from drama to applied ethics. Now, as I am applying to positions, I am looking into areas from marketing to philosophy . Most importantly, I know how to create strong arguments, a skill that will help me tremendously in the future.

Answered by: Liberal Arts Fan Y. | almost 4 years ago
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Most degrees have more flexibility than tech degrees. At tech school, you learn a trade. This means you specialize in one area and only in that area will you work. There are alot of possiblites with a liberal arts degree due to the vast markets that accept this kind of degree for work. You won't be limited to one type of job like a tech degree.

Answered by: Lmukeeper O. | almost 4 years ago
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