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Liberal Arts Degree + (This) = Good Job

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Liberal arts grads struggling to find work would be best served by acquiring some technical skills, a new study shows.

Research from labor market analytics firm Burning Glass discovered thatcoupling technical skills with a liberal arts education can nearly double the jobs available to recent liberal arts graduates and earn them more money than they otherwise would.

Overall, liberal arts and humanities, social science and arts graduates have among the highest unemployment rates of all college grads.

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Matthew Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass, said the researchers found that despite the high unemployment rate for liberal arts graduates, the skills the grads possess are in demand when coupled with specific technical skills.

“Employers report a strong need for recent graduates who possess skills such as writing, adaptability and problem-solving," Sigelman said. "When combining these skills with workforce-specific competencies, a liberal arts education becomes highly valuable."

Burning Glass identified eight technical skill sets that can be acquired through additional coursework, minors or internships:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Business
  • Social media
  • Graphic design
  • Data analysis
  • Computer programming
  • IT networking

The research discovered that by developing one or more of these technical skill sets, liberal arts graduates can enhance their competitiveness for the 955,000 jobs they already qualify for and tap into an additional 862,000 jobs, almost doubling the number of jobs available to them.

Additionally, these new opportunities offer an average salary premium of $6,000 over entry-level jobs traditionally open to liberal arts graduates.

The study was based on the analysis of millions of entry-level job postings from the past 12 months.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.