Liberal arts degrees appealing to employers


William T Young Library

Madison Rexroat

According to an article by the Wall Street Journal, starting pay for liberal arts graduates rose sharply between 2014 and 2015. Findings were based on an annual study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

More and more, employers are seeking hires with multicultural communication skills that are often developed through coursework in culture or gender studies.

English and foreign language also proved to be a salary-raiser, with increases of 14.3% and 13.6%.

“Employers may be reconsidering how they’re approaching recruiting college graduates, and may not be so focused on hiring a particular major,” said Edwin Koc, director of research at NACE, in the article

Computer science majors had the highest starting salaries in the survey with an average of $69,214.

But don’t go changing your major just yet. Starting salaries for history majors rose just 3.7% and visual and performing arts majors suffered a 2.3% decline in employment.

Overall, 80% of 2015 graduates with bachelor’s degrees were employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation, according to the study.

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