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20 Lucrative Careers You Can Get with a Liberal Arts Degree

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Think your English Lit major will doom you to a four-digit income?
Not so fast. According to the Department of Labor’s most recent mean wage statistics , a liberal arts degree can earn you a decent wage.

Our list covers currently available jobs that offer high earning potential to people without a technical or scientific degree. Some jobs require licenses or a little additional education, but most can be accomplished with a “worthless” liberal arts education (even one of those “lowly” online degrees).

Note: These are job categories as defined by the government in 2008. Therefore, some newer jobs or job categories aren’t included here. Entrepreneurship/owning your own business is also excluded.

According to the BLS, the most lucrative jobs compatible with a less-than-specialized major fall under:

  • Real estate.
  • Management.
  • Business and finance.
  • Sales.

Here are the top 20 jobs for people with liberal arts degrees:

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