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Liberal Arts Schools

As a professor or instructor of liberal arts classes at one of the 2,431 accredited liberal arts schools in the country, you play a fundamental role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the liberal arts academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes liberal arts training at the following levels:

  • Liberal Arts Certificate
  • Associates degree in Liberal Arts
  • Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts
  • Masters degree in Liberal Arts
  • PhD degree in Liberal Arts


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Liberal arts professionals

59,320 60,910 62,230 65,490 69,880
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

69,880 liberal arts professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 18%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%.

National Salary percentiles for Liberal arts professionals

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Liberal arts professionals in the US earned a median salary of $60,400 per year in 2010. The median yearly salary for liberal arts professionals in the US was 0% less than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Liberal Arts

$51,730 $54,000 $56,380 $58,870 $60,400
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for liberal arts professionals have grown by 17%.

Educational Trends

National Liberal Arts Student enrollment growth by degree

244,812 250,507 254,143 264,011 215,569
51,678 53,063 54,103 54,555 51,222
438 465 441 472 493
4,374 4,335 4,700 4,671 4,735
4,137 4,990 5,286 11,597 15,171
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • Grey: Certificate in Liberal Arts

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for liberal arts professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the US, 305,439 students graduated from liberal arts degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 287,190 students graduated from liberal arts schools.

This represents a 6% change in the number of graduates. This decline in the number of students graduating from liberal arts courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Liberal Arts Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering liberal arts programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 2335 liberal arts schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 2431 schools.

Liberal Arts Faculty Salaries

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Currently we are in the process of collecting data for the number of liberal arts faculty, growth in the field of liberal arts academia and faculty salaries. This is where we need your help. If you are involved in teaching liberal arts courses to students at the certificate in liberal arts, associates degree in liberal arts, bachelors degree in liberal arts, masters degree in liberal arts, and PhD degree in liberal arts levels, please take a moment to anonymously submit your information to help us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future faculty in the field of liberal arts. A summary of the information we have collected thus far will appear once you submit your information.


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