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[Updated] NHA - Career Success Point 1

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Humanities Majors are Employed at Rates Comparable to Other Majors
    Today, the unemployment rate for young humanities majors (ages 22 to 27) is similar to the rate for majors in other fields: art history (3.2%), chemical engineering (3.8%), communications studies (3.9%), and biology (5%).



    Even when the economy was in the early stages of recovering from the recession, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that in 20102011 the unemployment rate for recent graduates in the humanities and liberal arts (9%) was on par with rates for such majors as law and public policy (9.3%), and computers and math (9.1%).
4.3%
unemployment rate for young humanities majors
Source: Carnevale and Cheah, “Hard Times: College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings,” Georgetown University, 2013.
Source:  “Labor Market Outcomes of College Graduates by Major,” Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2018.
Source: Humanities Indicators, 2018
Source: Humanities Indicators, “The State of the Humanities 2018: Graduates in the Workforce & Beyond,” American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2018, 12.
Humanities majors find employment in a wide range of fields, from business and financial relations to healthcare and law.
Humanities Majors Are at the Top of a Variety of Fields
Nearly 60% of humanities majors have jobs that involve managing or supervising.
Nearly 40% of humanities majors have jobs that involve teaching.
Source: Humanities Indicators, “The State of the Humanities 2018: Graduates in the Workforce & Beyond,” American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2018, 14, 16.
Out of college, humanities majors earn salaries comparable to those graduating with other majors. The median salary for humanities graduates (ages 2559) is $52,000. This is comparable to graduates in pre-law and legal studies ($51,000), psychology and social work ($47,000), education ($45,000), and neuroscience ($44,000).
$47,000
Median salary for psychology and social work graduates (ages 25-59)
$51,000
Median salary for pre-law and legal studies graduates (ages 25-59)
$44,000
Median salary for neuroscience graduates (ages 25-59)
$45,000
Median salary for education graduates (ages 25-59)
$52,000
Median salary for humanities and liberal arts graduates (ages 2559)
Source: Carnevale, Cheah, Hanson, “The Economic Value of A College Major,” Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University, 2015.
$44,000
Median salary for neuroscience graduates (ages 2559)
$45,000
Median salary for education graduates (ages 2559)
$47,000
Median salary for psychology and social work graduates (ages 2559)
$51,000
Median salary for pre-law and legal studies graduates (ages 2559)
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