Become an Art Student and Go Broke! It’s Rigged

Art Students Face Highest Unemployment Rate Among Recent Graduates

NOBODY WANTS YOU!  AND YOU CAN’T DISCHARGE YOUR STUDENT LOANS IN BANKRUPTCY.  OR HAS NO ONE TOLD YOU THIS?  OH THAT’S RIGHT, THE UNIVERSITIES DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS, COULD PUT ALL THOSE HACKNEYED ART HISTORIANS IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE, WHERE YOU ARE.

H&R Block's infographic of the 10 worst college majors, as ranked by unemployment rate for both recent and experienced college graduates. Photo: courtesy H&R Block.

A recent study from H & Block indicates that unemployment levels among recent graduates are highest for those who studied the arts.

In a chart of the 10 worst majors, film, video, and the “photographic arts” lead the way, followed closely by fine arts and commercial art and graphic design. Rounding out the top—or bottom, rather—five: Philosophy and religious studies, and anthropology and archaeology.

Unemployment rates ranging from 12.9 to 11.8 percent for those art students who have graduated in recent years may prove to be a powerful disincentive for college students interested in pursuing their studies in an arts-related field. It all comes down to whether you value passion over your chance of geting a paycheck.

Unsurprisingly, the majors that fare the best are business, computer and information sciences, and engineering, while the top industries for students entering the workplace are advertising, computer software, and accounting and finance.

The study does glean some unexpected data as well. The city that sees the largest increase in entry-level salary from year to year is Phoenix, Arizona, and the industry with the highest average starting salary is mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction. Unfortunately, that seems unlikely to help those who have more artistic inclinations.

 

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3 thoughts on “Become an Art Student and Go Broke! It’s Rigged

  1. I don’t think the headline is completely fair. From the statistics, I would infer that an unemployment rate of 13% equates to an employment rate of 87%. From that point of view it shows that roughly 87% of film, video, photographic and fine arts graduates do find employment. Sure, the employment rates aren’t as high as in other fields, but it would be hard to argue that no-one wants to hire these grads if a large majority (87%) can find work.

    1. Thank you for your comment. There have been other articles about this sad situation I’ve reported on before, and it’s not good. And they are not getting jobs that one might consider a living wage. You can come to your conclusion because of statistics, but further research on your part would indicate the outlook is bleak.

      Best of luck!

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