Architecture Students Having Worst Time Finding Jobs, Arts and Humanities Not Much Better [Study]

While a degree in architecture use to be one of the most sought after options for students thanks to the ability to make things and watch them grow into thriving businesses, homes and other buildings that dream for many graduating students is just that, a dream.

According to a recent study out of Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce students earning an Architectural degree or a degree in liberal arts and humanities are among some of the worst off.

The study finds that those degrees leave many recent graduates and industry workers without jobs, often at levels close to our higher than the national unemployment rate.

Research did not in this case explore the unemployment rates for those same jobs during an up economy.

Here are the studies findings:

  • Worst degrees/jobless rates: Architecture (13.9%), the arts (11.1%), and the humanities (9.4%)

On a far more positive note the Health industry, jobs in Education (even if the pay is awful) and Agricultural and Natural Resources positions are fairing much better:

  • Best: Health (5.4%), education (5.4%), and agriculture and natural resources (7%)

When examining the results one of the study’s authors is cynical about the future of jobs people tend to “love” noting:

“People keep telling kids to study what they love—but some loves are worth more than others.”

While the study seems to assert that a college degree for many people is a waste of money the researchers are quick to point out that the unemployment rate for high school graduates with no college experience is far higher at 22.9%.

Do you believe that “doing what you love” is still important in today’s economy or should college bound students focus more on industries where jobs are bountiful and will allow them to pay back the mounting college debts they incur during their college years?

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