Many claims have been made in recent years about the value of a liberal arts degree in the modern economy. Depending on whom you ask, degrees in subjects like philosophy and English are either largely irrelevant or downright essential. With advocates on both ends of the spectrum often citing anecdotal evidence, it can be hard to tell what’s the exception and what’s the rule when it comes to the career outcomes associated with liberal arts degrees.
But what does the data say?
That’s the question we explore in “The Real, Long-term Labor Market Outcomes of Liberal Arts Grads”—a new publication from the Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Emsi. The report uses Emsi profile data to examine the career and wage progression of liberal arts majors as they upskill, adapt, and navigate from first to second and third jobs.
Watch the video below for a look at three key findings that may surprise you. For more analysis about what these insights mean for the future of learners, workers, and employers, download the full report: “Robot-Ready: Human+ Skills for the Future of Work.”
If you have questions or comments about this research, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Rob Sentz at Emsi.