Your question is a bit vague in a few areas.
For example, “Liberal Arts” is extremely broad, and includes focused studies such as Journalism, Philosphy, Linguistics, Archaeology, Theoretical Math, and many, many others.
I’m going to assume you mean someone who has had a similar course load to mine from St. John’s College (basically: 8 semesters math, 8 semesters foreign language, 4 semesters music, 8 semesters literature, 8 semesters practical sciences, plus random other things.)
Also, “first job” could happen any time. I will assume you mean the first one after *graduation*.
Many of the students In my graduating class went into research, government jobs, or on to graduate school. Many became lawyers or teachers.
As for myself, while waiting to join a startup, I worked as a Flight Attendant (made much more sense than sitting on the couch watching Price is Right.) I have been involved in the tech industry pretty much consistently ever since.
Life is what you make of it. If you have your heart set on being a programmer for some hot tech company upon graduation, do internships and get the micro degree that they require in whatever language they are currently looking for. I guarantee your “startup culture” quotient will be much higher if you can slip back and forth between Plato and Snoop Dogg when in dialectic.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/What-kind-of-first-jobs-do-liberal-arts-majors-tend-to-get
Originally Posted On: 2015-03-22