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Students in the humanities, liberal arts, and education who are getting ready to enter the workforce see several publishers and government institutions as ideal employers.

Employer branding specialists Universum have just released their annual rankings of the most attractive employers in the US for 2019. Universum runs a massive annual survey of tens of thousands of students from hundreds of universities, asking them what they look for when considering their future employers.


Check out the full rankings at Universum’s website here.

The most attractive employer rankings are based on a question asking respondents in different areas of study to list up to five ideal employers – the organisations and firms that they most want to work for. The top companies and institutions have an outsized share of potential future employees that view them as great places to work.

Here are the 40 companies and organisations with the highest shares of students in the humanities, liberal arts, and education naming them as ideal employers:


40. US Army: 2.5% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the military branch among their top five ideal employers.

US Army/Sgt. Christopher McCullough

Rank in 2018: 34

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 6


39. Coca-Cola: 2.6% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the soft-drink giant among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 52

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 13


38. L’Oréal Group: 2.6% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the cosmetics company among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 35

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 3


37. US Department of Veterans Affairs: 2.6% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the agency in charge of caring for America’s veterans among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 31

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 6


36. Sony: 2.7% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the electronics conglomerate among their top five ideal employers.

Sony

Rank in 2018: 30

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 6


35. Target: 2.8% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the retail chain among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 39

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 4


34. NASA: 2.9% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the nation’s space agency among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 19

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 15


33. Starbucks: 3.0% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the Seattle-based coffee chain as one of their top five ideal employers.

Starbucks

Rank in 2018: 37

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 4


32. Facebook: 3.2% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the social media giant among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 22

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 10


31. CBS: 3.2% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the TV network among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 62

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 31


30. Adidas: 3.2% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the athletic-apparel maker among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 28

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 2


29. American Cancer Society: 3.3% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the health nonprofit among their top five ideal employers.

Susan Montgomery/Shutterstock

Rank in 2018: 38

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 9


28. Microsoft: 3.6% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the software giant among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 32

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 4


27. McGraw-Hill Education: 3.8% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the educational publisher among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 29

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 2


26. Mayo Clinic: 4.0% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the storied medical center among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 33

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 7


25. HarperCollins Publishers: 4.1% of humanities and liberal-arts majors ranked the publishing company among their top five ideal employers.

Sam Mellish/In Pictures via Getty Images

Rank in 2018: 25

Change in rank, 2018-2019: No change


24. Random House: 4.1% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the publishing firm among their top five ideal employers.

Jan Woitas/picture alliance via Getty ImagesVisitors browse the Random House stand at the Leipzig Book Fair.

Rank in 2018: 17

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 7


23. Tesla: 4.3% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the electric automaker among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 24

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 1


22. American Red Cross: 4.6% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the humanitarian organisation among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 21

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 1


21. Patagonia: 5.2% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the outdoor apparel maker among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 23

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 2


20. National Security Agency: 5.4% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the signals intelligence agency among their top five ideal employers.

Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesAn aerial view of the The National Security Agency on December 1, 2016 in Fort Meade, Maryland.

Rank in 2018: 14

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 6


19. National Institutes of Health: 5.7% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the health-research agency among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 20

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 1


18. Nike: 5.8% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the athletic-apparel maker among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 18

Change in rank, 2018-2019: No change


17. Environmental Protection Agency: 6.5% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the nation’s environmental watchdog among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 15

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 2


16. US Department of Defence: 6.9% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the agency overseeing America’s military among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 27

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 11


15. Amazon: 7.2% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the e-commerce giant among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 11

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 4


14. Spotify: 8.3% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the music streaming company among their top five ideal employers.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty ImagesEmployees hold a meeting at Spotify’s headquarters, on March 10, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Spotify’s Global Culture Director Robert Käck told Universum why their internship programs could make the company an attractive employer to students and recent graduates:

“We placejust as much emphasis on interns being fully immersed into our culture as we do with full-time employees. Interns take on meaningful projects and have a range of opportunities to learn from Spotifiers across all levels, including regular companywide Q&As with our CEO and other senior executives.”

Rank in 2018: n/a

Change in rank, 2018-2019: n/a


13. Teach for America: 8.9% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the education nonprofit among their top five ideal employers.

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Rank in 2018: 13

Change in rank, 2018-2019: No change


12. Apple: 9.3% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the consumer-electronics company among their top five ideal employers.

Getty

Rank in 2018: 12

Change in rank, 2018-2019: No change


11. Peace Corps: 10.7% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the international aid and development agency among their top five ideal employers.

Courtesy of Ian Ross

Rank in 2018: 10

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 1


10. BuzzFeed: 11.2% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the digital-media company among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: New in 2019

Change in rank, 2018-2019: n/a


9. US Department of State: 12.0% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the nation’s diplomatic service among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 4

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 5


8. US Department of Education: 12.0% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the federal agency dealing with educational matters among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 7

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 1


7. Central Intelligence Agency: 12.2% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked America’s main foreign intelligence agency among their top five ideal employers.

Pool/Getty Images

Rank in 2018: 8

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 1


6. Netflix: 13.1% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the online video-streaming giant among their top five ideal employers.

NetflixNetflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’

Rank in 2018: 9

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 3


5. National Geographic: 13.7% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the venerable nature publisher among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 6

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 1


4. Federal Bureau of Investigation: 14.5% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the top federal law enforcement agency among their top five ideal employers.

Rank in 2018: 5

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 1


3. Disney: 16.4% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the entertainment powerhouse among their top five ideal employers.

Kent Phillips/Disney Parks via Getty Images

Rank in 2018: 2

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Down 1


2. Google: 16.8% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the internet services company among their top five ideal employers.

Google

Rank in 2018: 3

Change in rank, 2018-2019: Up 1


1. The United Nations: 20.4% of humanities and liberal-arts students ranked the international organisation among their top five ideal employers.

United Nations, CC BY-NC-ND

Rank in 2018: 1

Change in rank, 2018-2019: No change

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