The (Humanities) Kids are Alright

A recent report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences refutes the claim that Humanities graduates are miserable and unemployed. This report is based on data from the Gallup-Purdue index, which measures satisfaction and well-being, in addition to earnings.

Some takeaways:

“Despite the uncertainty about the connection between their degree and their job, humanities graduates reported job satisfaction at levels comparable to graduates from almost every other fieeld.”

“Experience in the workforce appeared to play an important role in measures of satisfaction with the work humanities graduates perform.”

“In the oldest cohort, humanities graduates were near the highest levels of reported satisfaction on this measure [‘At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day’].”

The is a lot of valuable information in this report, and in the index, that can help us better serve our humanities majors.

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