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Career Opportunities

The associate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences gives students the flexibility to create a program tailored to their specific academic and career goals. Students will benefit from study in communications, mathematics, and general education courses in arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and science. In addition, students are permitted to concentrate electives in an area of special interest. Thus, graduates will receive a well-rounded, focused education that will enable them to move into the career world or pursue further study. The application of acquired knowledge and skills to their careers can be very broad.

Continued Education

Letters, Arts, and Sciences graduates may opt to continue their education in a Penn State baccalaureate major. Programs are available at Capital College, as well as other Penn State locations. It is highly recommended that students discuss this option with their academic adviser.

Job Settings

A Letters, Arts, and Sciences graduate can explore entry-level opportunities within:

  • nonprofit organizations
  • communications firms
  • publishing companies
  • utility companies
  • local or state governments
  • business, writing/editing firms
  • retail, business, public relations firms
  • healthcare
  • service industries
  •  sales
  • media
  • industry

Job Titles

The following list provides some examples of possible job titles for graduates with an associate degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Assistant Manager
  • Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Staff Writer
  • Patient Advocate
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Production Assistant
  • Advertising Assistant
  • Sales Assistant
  • Account Representative
  • Account Trainee
  • Consumer Affairs Assistant
  • Event Coordinator
  • Hotel Sales Representative
  • Convention Planner
  • Human Services Worker
  • Case Management Aide
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Gerontology Aide
  • Activities Director
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Staff Assistant

Job Outlook

Overall opportunities for entry-level workers in all career fields are expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A growth rate of 14 percent is expected. However, some career areas are expected to be better than others for recent graduates. For example, service industries, human services organizations, and retail and sales all project continued demand for entry-level employees.