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Job Satisfaction of Humanities Majors
(Updated June 2018)

The level of satisfaction among workers in a particular career track can provide useful guidance to those considering that area of employment and may also serve as a predictor of long-term retention of workers. Humanities majors’ overall job satisfaction is similar to that of graduates with bachelor’s degrees in other fields.

Findings and Trends

  • Despite differences in graduates’ typical earnings, the major academic fields were marked by similarly high rates of job satisfaction among their bachelor’s degree holders (Indicator III-4j). Over 84% of all workers with a terminal bachelor’s degree in the humanities reported they were satisfied with their jobs in 2015, while 90% of humanities majors with an advanced degree expressed satisfaction.
  • For graduates in every field except business, earning an advanced degree was associated with a somewhat higher degree of job satisfaction. The smallest boost in satisfaction was found among engineering and physical science graduates, while the largest was among graduates in the arts and humanities fields.
  • When both terminal bachelor’s degree and advanced degree holders are considered together, humanities majors’ level of satisfaction with specific aspects of their jobs was quite similar to those of college graduates generally (Indicator III-4k). The largest difference between humanities majors and the entire baccalaureate-holding population with respect to job satisfaction was in the area of salary. While 72% of humanities graduates expressed satisfaction with that aspect of their jobs, the share for all college graduates was 76%.
III-4j: Bachelor’s Degree Holders Indicating They Are “Very” or “Somewhat” Satisfied with Job, by Field of Bachelor’s and Highest Degree, 2015
Source: National Science Foundation, 2015 National Survey of College Graduates. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).
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III-4k: Bachelor’s Degree Holders Indicating They Are “Very” or “Somewhat” Satisfied with Aspects of Their Job, by Field of Bachelor’s Degree, 2015*

* For comparison of the humanities with other specific fields, see the supporting table.

Source: National Science Foundation, 2015 National Survey of College Graduates. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (www.humanitiesindicators.org).

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