2014 Graduates in Liberal Arts: Where Are They Now?

It’s hard to believe that the graduates of 2014 have been in the job marketplace for a whole year now.  So how have they fared so far?

A recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that 60.5% of college graduates with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts found full-time jobs (42.4%) or entered graduate school (18.3%) within six months of graduation.

In comparing liberal arts majors to the rest of the national graduating class of 2014, NACE found that liberal arts majors were more likely to pursue a higher degree than the rest of the class (18.3% vs. 16.4%),  and liberal arts majors were less likely to find a full time job (42.2% vs. 55.4%).

Within the liberal arts disciplines, the preference for further education is more striking: Philosophy (27.8 percent), foreign languages (25.1 percent), history (24 percent), area studies (21.5 percent), liberal arts/general studies (21.2 percent), and English majors (19.8 percent) all exceeded the overall average handily.

Only visual and performing arts majors bucked the trend. In fact, just 12.3 percent took the path to an advanced degree, falling below the overall average.

Check out the survey results entitled “First Destinations for the College Class of 2014” here.

Posted in Arts & Humanities, Hiring Trends, Liberal Arts

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