Why STEM employers are hiring more liberal arts majors

March 5, 2019

More companies in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields are hiring workers with liberal arts backgrounds, according to a recent report.

Benjamin Pimentel for EdSurge

Jennifer Wolochow majored in philosophy and religion at Stanford, hoping to become a high school teacher.

“I just really enjoyed learning about why people believe different things around the world and how that informs their actions everyday,” she said.

But instead of a classroom, Wolochow now works on the Silicon Valley campus of a company that’s using technology to make learning more accessible to people throughout the world.

Her career journey, which led her to Coursera, a startup that develops online courses and educational programs, highlights a trend that has become more pronounced in the last few years. More companies in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—or STEM—fields are hiring workers with liberal arts backgrounds, according to a recent report.

To learn more, read "Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow" from EdSurge.

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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