Erin Berthon, MA Career Manager, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, at Chapman University

The job market is rapidly evolving, driven by technological advancements and social changes. This means new and exciting career opportunities for Wilkinson College graduates. Let’s dive deeper into some of the emerging career trends, understanding the context and the skills required for these roles.

Interested in some of these career paths? Consider an internship in the field to test it out, or research graduate programs if necessary to work in the field.

Creative Careers  

The job market for the arts is evolving and changing quickly, especially with AI. Digital and multimedia arts are at the top of the list. Digital artists create art using digital tools and platforms, including VR and AI. They produce digital paintings, sculptures, and interactive installations that push the boundaries of traditional art forms. Multimedia storytellers combine various media forms—text, video, audio—to tell compelling stories. They work in journalism, filmmaking, and digital media, creating content that engages and informs audiences.

One fascinating career path is creative technologies. Creators collaborate with tech companies, startups, and creative agencies, designing products and experiences that blend art and technology. In addition, interactive media designers work in entertainment, education, and marketing, developing interactive content that captivates audiences. This job sector is thriving!

On the entrepreneurial side, some graduates might consider launching creative ventures, such as galleries, art schools, and cultural festivals. These could be one-offs or contract work; for example, Alum Tyler Parks (‘12 BFA in Studio Art) opened up a gallery called Tyler Parks in 2020 and has been very successful.

Content creation and media are another career trend in almost all industries, but career paths are at an all-time high for humanities students. Content strategists develop and manage content strategies for various platforms, focusing on storytelling and audience engagement. Management roles in careers, such as museums, galleries, and cultural institutions focusing on preservation, curation, and education is a great entry-level start. In addition, there are a lot more roles in heritage tourism and cultural consultancy, which is great news for our students who have a high interest in this. 

Careers with Societal Impact

Data and public policy analysis blend traditional social science research and modern data analysis to identify social trends and inform policy decisions. Government agencies, think tanks, and non-profit organizations rely on data-driven recommendations to address social issues such as healthcare, education, and environmental protection.

Another career trend is sustainable development, environmental studies, and urban planning.  Consultants or experts in this field conduct sustainability audits, develop green policies, and help businesses comply with environmental regulations. Urban planners work with government agencies, private developers, and community groups to develop long-term plans that promote sustainable urban growth.

Have you ever heard of a digital anthropologist? The rise and need in this career is changing. This includes researching online communities, social media usage, and the impact of digital communication on relationships. Digital anthropologists often work in academic settings, tech companies, or consulting firms, providing insights into the digital landscape.

Health-related Careers

Art therapy and wellness are trends for 2024.  Art therapists use art as a therapeutic tool to help individuals express themselves and address mental health issues. Art therapists develop creative interventions that promote healing, self-expression, and personal growth.

Students can also get involved with professional work in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, community organizations, and a very niche path, a health communication specialist. With this career trend, the goal is to influence public behavior and improve health outcomes through clear and persuasive communication.

Navigating the evolving landscape of social sciences, humanities, and arts careers offers exciting opportunities for innovation and impact. By embracing these emerging trends, students can utilize their research, writing, storytelling, and research skills to adapt to these job trends. The future is bright for those ready to blend traditional expertise with modern advancements in these dynamic fields.