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What Employers Say

We provide data and personal testimonies on the importance of a liberal arts education. 

College-bound students and their parents worry that a liberal arts education limits career opportunities. This is not true. A liberal arts education opens up a world of career possibilities. Students who have a strong liberal arts education go on to become lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs; and they are among the most likely to rise into management roles.

Many employers actively seek out college graduates with liberal arts backgrounds, which often translates into an earnings premium for professionals with such backgrounds. The claim that students with a liberal arts education will not find financial success in the workplace is also false. A liberal arts-oriented core curriculum, focused on courses in the traditional arts and sciences disciplines, is the best way for students to develop the capacity for critical analysis, oral and written communication skills, and intercultural fluency that employers increasingly demand.

Quick Facts

The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2018 survey found that employers are looking for the following skills, all of which can be found in a liberal arts education:

  • 72.6% seek candidates with good leadership skills.
  • 82.9% want graduates with the ability to work in a team.
  • 80.3% need employees with good written communication skills.
  • 82.9% look for workers with good problem-solving skills.
  • 67.5% prioritize employees with excellent verbal communication skills.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “individuals born from 1957 to 1964 held an average of 11.9 jobs from ages 18 to 50.” A liberal arts education adequately prepares students for those job changes. 

Articles Promoting the Liberal Arts

Recent news coverage about the necessity of the liberal arts in the workforce can be found below.

 

 

 

Additional Resources

George Anders’s book You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education examines the versatile power of a liberal arts degree. You can purchase this book here

A copy of our flyer on employer dissatisfaction with the skills of recent college graduates can be found here

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at wwtl@GoACTA.org.