What Can You Do With A Liberal Arts Degree?

June 9, 2021

If you’re considering a liberal arts degree, you might be surprised by the variety of paths and careers it may lead you to.

With a liberal arts associate degree from Chatfield College, you’re making a great first step toward a pay raise, promotion, full-time job, or pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.

What is a liberal arts degree?
Liberal arts degrees are sometimes known as general studies degrees. They cover a variety of subjects, including English, math, science, art, history, philosophy, and religion.

Through a liberal arts education, you’ll build the skills employers value most, such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork.

By earning your associates degree in liberal arts at Chatfield, you’ll better position yourself for jobs. In fact, through 2026, the number of Ohio jobs requiring education beyond a high school diploma or GED is expected to grow by 63%, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Service.

Focus your liberal arts degree at Chatfield College

At Chatfield College, you can satisfy your elective requirements while gaining a broader understanding of a particular area of interest with Pathways, from business to nursing, and human services to early childhood education.

Wondering what you can do with a liberal arts degree? Let’s take a walk through where your associate of arts in liberal arts from Chatfield can take you.

Jumpstart your bachelor’s with Chatfield’s associate degree 

College can be a little overwhelming and intimidating, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve been in a classroom. You might also be concerned about how you’re going to fit in your studies with your current job, family, and other responsibilities. Chatfield is designed for students like you. Here, you’ll have individualized support to help take a little weight off of your shoulders, including free tutoring, a mentoring program, and access to an on-campus computer lab.

Stressed about paying for your college education? We understand that, too. That’s why Chatfield works to keep your tuition costs low. Our admissions office will help you navigate applying for financial aid. This way you can secure the most aid possible, including merit scholarships, the Chatfield Achievement Grant, and endowed scholarships.

After graduation, 72% of Chatfield’s undergraduate students transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. If you’d like to do the same, Chatfield has transfer agreements with more than 80 colleges and universities in Ohio to help you through the process — including the Linder College of Business at the University of Cincinnati! Transfer agreements will give you a seamless transition between schools and ease many of your potential concerns, such as ensuring your Chatfield credits will be recognized and valued at whichever school or program you go to next.

If your goal is to pursue a bachelor’s degree after graduation, know that Chatfield will be here to support you every step of the way.

Open the door to your future career  

So, what can you do with a liberal arts degree, and how can it help you now and in the future? By earning your Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts at Chatfield, you’re opening the door to a wide range of opportunities to start or advance your career. If you’re currently employed, your liberal arts degree can help you get the credentials you need to move up. It signals to your employer you’re serious about your career.
You’re also letting future employers know you have highly sought-after “soft” skills, such as critical thinking and communication. These skills, which are the cornerstones of your liberal arts education, are often preferred above technical, “hard” skills, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Here’s a checklist of potential careers — with 2020 median annual wages from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — that may be available to you with your associate of arts in liberal arts degree from Chatfield. To be clear, some of these positions may require additional education or training:
• Administrative assistant, secretary, or office support staff member, including human resources assistant
Median annual: $43,250 for a human resources assistant; $35,890 for other office and administrative support workers

• Bank teller, with the potential to advance to loan officer, management positions, and more
Median annual: $32,620

• Customer service representative
Median annual: $35,830

• Daycare teacher/ childcare worker
Median annual: $25,460

• Management occupations, such as office or store manager
Median annual: $41,580 for first-line supervisors of retail sales workers

• Paraprofessional / teacher’s aide / assistant
Median annual: $30,730

• Receptionist or information clerk
Median annual: $31,110

Support for your success 

Now that you know what you can do with a liberal arts degree, let’s talk about how Chatfield can help you earn one. While studying online or in person at Chatfield, you’ll have the support you need to succeed at Chatfield and in your future. Our class sizes are small, so you’ll have more one-on-one time with your instructors to get answers to your questions. They’ll also provide personalized guidance and mentoring.

Chatfield’s academic advising department will help you develop an educational plan that’s consistent with your values, goals, and career plans. From academic advising and tutoring to career counseling and IT support, the services, resources, and people are in place to help you succeed at Chatfield.

Learn more about the A.A. Liberal Arts at Chatfield

Are you ready to learn more about what you can do with a liberal arts degree from Chatfield? Fill out our request more information form and we’ll reach out to you.

Contact a Chatfield enrollment advisor

If you would like to talk to someone about your future at Chatfield, please call the St. Martin campus at (513) 875-3344, the Cincinnati campus at (513) 921-9856, or email us at admissions@chatfield.edu.

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