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BLS in General Studies Career Outlook

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Job Titles in this Field

With a liberal studies degree, job opportunities are vast. Some of our graduates include:

  • Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts
  • HR Managers
  • Teachers
  • Regional Sales Managers
  • Wellness Directors
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Industries You Can Work In

Graduates of the SJU BLS program have gone on to have successful careers in top industries, such as:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Non-profits
  • Government
  • Hospitality

What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies?

The liberal arts curriculum of the online Liberal Studies program is designed to help give you the skills needed to pursue opportunities in the career field of your choice. The program includes courses specifically devoted to career development and concentrations in Professional Studies or Autism Studies.

How much is a college degree worth? According to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data1,

  • A worker with a bachelor’s degree will earn about $1.1 million more over a typical 40-year career than someone with only a high school diploma.
  • In a single year, government data show a college graduate earns, on average, an extra $29,343 on top of the average income earned by those with only some college.
  • Those who obtain a bachelor’s degree have average income of $65,482 compared to a median of $35,615 for people with only a high school diploma.

This makes education perhaps the most valuable investment in the world, and completing your Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies online at Saint Joseph’s University is flexible, convenient, and cost-effective.

Students must complete at least 15 courses (45 credits) through SJU. Depending on your selected concentration, the curriculum offers the opportunity to tailor your education to your professional goals. The courses cover topics including autism studies or business ethics, professional writing, religion, executive coaching, negotiating, and more.

The program’s diverse curriculum means that you will leave Saint Joseph’s University prepared to start a career in any number of fields, including business, government, non-profit organizations, criminal justice, social services, and so much more.

Autism Studies Careers

When you choose to complete the Autism Studies concentration, you are eligible to take the exam to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). These professionals work with individuals on the autism spectrum in a wide range of settings, from primary schools to mental health facilities. You could find yourself teaching children in a special education classroom, or counseling adults through a behavioral health or community program. Communicating with and supporting the families and caregivers of autistic individuals is another element of a career in autism studies.

Professional Studies Careers

The knowledge and skills you gain in the Professional Studies concentration can support a wide variety of professional paths. Past graduates have gone on to pursue careers in healthcare, law enforcement, human services, education, financial services, and many other fields. If you decide to advance your education further, this degree can also serve as a foundation for graduate studies in a diverse range of disciplines.


A Bachelor’s Degree is the New High School Diploma

Today an increasing percentage of new hires are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, even for positions that have traditionally been held by people who didn’t attend college. Executive assistants, construction supervisors, and entry-level IT help desk positions are just a few examples of jobs where you are increasingly likely to be required to possess a bachelor’s degree to even be considered.

Getting Started with Saint Joseph’s University’s General Studies Degree

The key to a good job is good education, and there is no finer, more convenient, or more supportive place to build the foundation for your future career than online at Saint Joseph’s University.

To learn more about the online Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies program at Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.

1http://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/cps/tables/pinc-04/2016/pinc04_1_1.xls

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