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What do arts & humanities graduates do?
You may study arts and humanities in a range of different fields, and your day-to-day tasks will depend on the area in which you choose to work.
You may choose to work in communications, media or writing. In this sector, you may be responsible for tasks including designing and implementing communications strategies and policies, managing content production, producing content including press releases, website and advertising copy, photos and graphics and merchandise and managing a creative team.
If you choose to work as a public relations manager, you’ll likely be responsible for designing and developing a public relations strategy, overseeing the development of pitches, audiences and relevant materials such as photographs and press releases, and maintaining relationships with journalists and talent managers.
If you choose to work in social work or counselling, you’ll likely meet with clients, examine and record their information, provide resources and information to stakeholders, develop rehabilitation plans, and assist clients with treatment and employment options, including referring clients to drug, alcohol, housing and relationship support services.
If you choose to work in social and cultural policy development and analysis, you may perform tasks including collating and analysing historical data; organising, authenticating, evaluating and interpreting historical, political, social, anthropological and linguistic information; and undertaking historical and cultural research into human activity, and preparing and presenting research findings.
You may also choose to undertake research and work as a teacher or academic in your chosen field.
You’ll find studying arts and humanities rewarding and enjoyable if you:
- Are empathetic
- Have excellent listening skills
- Are curious about the world
- Are highly organised
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Want to help people in your work
- Have excellent administrative skills
- Can manage multiple pieces of information at once
- Like solving problems
- Have strong time management skills
- Are patient
- Are resilient
- Care deeply about others’ well-being
- Want a career where you can make a difference
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports employment opportunities for a range of arts and humanities roles.
You may choose to work in communications, which is a large and growing sector in Australia. Currently employing approximately 20,700 people as communications officers and coordinators, the sector is expected to expand to employ an additional 1,500 people by 2020, and is expected to continue growing strongly for the next decade.
You may choose to work in writing or journalism. Job Outlook reports that the writing sector in Australia has been growing moderately for the past decade, and expects job opportunities in the sector to continue expanding. Currently employing approximately 27,500 people, the sector will likely expand to employ approximately 30,300 people by 2020.
Job Outlook predicts similar growth for the creative writing sector, reporting that although fewer than 10,000 people are employed in the field, new job openings are expected to double by 2020.
You may also choose to work in counselling or social work. Currently, approximately 20,700 people are employed as counsellors in Australia, and Job Outlook reports this will increase to approximately 25,500 people by 2020.
PayScale offers a range of salary predictions for difference arts and humanities roles.
If you choose to pursue employment as a communications officer or communications manager, you can expect to earn an average salary between $68,000 and $135,000 per year. If you choose to work in public relations, you can expect to earn an average annual salary of approximately $69,000.
A content writer or copywriter may earn an average salary of $47,000 per year, an editor may receive an average salary between $42,000 and $60,000 per year, depending on experience, and a creative writer may earn approximately $39,000 per year, according to PayScale.
If you choose to work as a counsellor, coach or social worker, you can expect to earn a salary approximately between $43,000 and $75,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $66,000.