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General Studies Careers
This article will highlight some of the top careers for individuals that have obtained a general studies degree. Information for each career should include an overview of the career, education requirements and salary information.
As a student with multiple interests across various topics, a degree in General Studies is worth pursuing. A General Studies degree is an undergraduate degree that allows a student to take classes in a broader range of topics.
This degree can often be a stepping stone for a graduate degree or can lead to a more specialized degree in the future such as a degree as a healthcare professional. We’ve highlighted several career opportunities below.
For those interested in playing an important role in the healthcare industry, a career as a Healthcare Coordinator is a great option.
Health Coordinators act as intermediaries for patients, doctors and other healthcare professionals and help by communicating with them throughout the various stages of the healthcare process.
As an intermediary, they perform roles such as helping to identify needs of patients as well as explaining optimal care options. Additionally, healthcare coordinators will recommend and help build healthcare plans for their patients.
With an increasingly aging population, the demand for healthcare professionals, including healthcare coordinators, is growing. In order to gain employment in this area, it is usually a requirement to hold a bachelor’s degree. After several years of experience in this profession, you can earn an average of $74,751 annually.
Community Health Representative
If you are looking for a career in the healthcare industry as well as a career allowing you to help serve your community, a role as a Community Health Representative may be for you.
As a community health representative, you will work with your community to help meet the health needs of your area.
Additionally, community health representatives will help educate their communities on health care programs available to them and help with support programs to address needs.
For this career, a bachelor’s degree is generally required unless you have a background in the healthcare industry. Community health representatives earn a median salary of $34,197 annually.
Elderly Care Manager
The population in the United States is increasingly aging. There are currently 47.7 Million seniors aged 65 or older living in the United States. 80% of those 65 or older suffer from a chronic condition.
As the baby boomer generation gets older, the need for elderly care continues to grow. A career as an Elderly Care Manager, also referred to as a Geriatric Care Manager, can be a rewarding career for those interested in a career in the healthcare field.
As an elderly care manager, you will help to improve the overall quality of life for elderly patience and help them to function properly on their own.
As an elderly care manager, you will take on roles involving nursing, social work, psychology as well as help with relieving stress, educating patients and coordinating medical needs.
Some states require additional licensing or certifications for specific roles as an elderly care manager. Some skills include being personable, friendly, and patient.
The median income for Geriatric Care Managers is $85,000 depending on the exact role.
With a degree in General Studies, a potential career opportunity is working as a project manager.
As a project manager, you can work within a company or a non-profit with the focus on coordinating and overseeing the completion of critical projects.
The exact functions of a project coordinator will depend on the organization in which they work. Key tasks will include oversight of projects, team communication and coordination of resources to see projects through completion.
Additional tasks can include budgeting, marketing and other business functions. Quite often, project coordinators have opportunities to move up within their organizations. After successfully overseeing key projects, responsibilities can become greater. As a project coordinator you can earn anywhere between $35,540-$67,280 and up.
There are many career opportunities that are available with students earning a General Studies degree. Often, this degree can be a great place to start for those who want a broad education across multiple subjects and want to narrow in on a more specialized degree down the road.