Your major is not your career.

That’s because a broad background in the sciences, arts, and humanities provide you with the skills necessary for success in any profession.

Skills like critical thinking, creativity, and written and oral expression are just as much in demand in today’s job market as they’ve always been. Remember, too, that you can’t always predict where your academic path will lead. In part, that’s because the road map is always changing. Purely technical jobs are likely to be among the first to be automated and may disappear from the map entirely.

A background in the sciences and humanities are more promising—and more relevant—than ever before. Read what other have to say below:

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    Earn as much or more over you lifetime compared with students receiving technical degrees.

    “Over time, liberal-arts majors often pursue graduate degrees and gravitate into high-paying fields such as general management, politics, law and sales, according to an analysis by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, a trade group representing more than 1,350 schools. Once people reach their peak-earnings ages of 56 to 60, liberal-arts majors are earning . . . about 3% ahead of the earnings pace for people with degrees in vocational fields such as nursing and accounting.”

    -Wall Street Journal

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Liberal arts graduates are in more demand than ever because of the broad range of transferable skills they acquire—no matter what major they choose.

As your academic career progresses at UVM, you'll find yourself working with peers in group projects, learning how to make strong oral presentations, and using data to support your assertions.

All of these elements contribute to the array of "transferable skills" valued by employers in any profession. You'll develop develop competencies in these areas:

Analytical & Critical Thinking

The ability to explore issues, ideas, knowledge, evidence, and values before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Building awareness of one’s personal biases.

Quantitative Reasoning/Applied Data Interpretation

The ability to apply basic mathematical skills to the interpretation of data to solve a disciplinary problem

Creative Expression And Innovation

The ability to generate new, varied, and unique ideas; make connections between seemingly unrelated ideas; propose alternatives without being constrained by established approaches; and to take risks and overcome internal struggles to expose one’s creative self in order to bring forward new work or ideas.

Teamwork, Collaboration & Leadership

The ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships based on the needs, abilities, and goals of each member of a group.

Written, Visual, & Oral Communication

The ability to listen and observe with objectivity and communicate effectively in writing, visually and orally

Information & Digital Literacy

The development of the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information.

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92%

of UVM grads from the Classes of 2016-18 were employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduation. 

 

92%

of seniors report being engaged in research, an internship or other experience-based learning/ high impact practice while at UVM.