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Job Satisfaction of Humanities Majors

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

Findings and Trends

  • Despite differences in graduates’ typical earnings, all major academic fields were marked by similarly high rates of job satisfaction among their bachelor’s degree holders, with 87–93% of respondents to a 2003 study describing themselves as “generally satisfied” with their jobs (Indicator III-4j; although more than a decade old, these data are the most recent of their kind available).
  • Almost 80% of humanities majors reported that their current employment afforded them opportunities to use their education (education and health services majors reported the greatest levels of this type of satisfaction, approximately 90% and 85%).
  • A majority of humanities majors reported that their jobs provided opportunity for advancement. The only groups with substantially higher rates of satisfaction with this aspect of their jobs were biological and physical sciences majors.
III-4j: Percentage of College Graduates Expressing Satisfaction with Current Employment Ten Years after Receiving Undergraduate Degree, by Field of Degree, 2003
Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (1993 Cohort), 2003 Follow-Up (data accessed and analyzed via NCES’s online Data Analysis System).
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