Research released today from labor market analytics firm Burning
Glass shows that coupling technical skills with a liberal arts
education can nearly double the jobs available to recent liberal arts
graduates and offer an average salary premium of $6,000. The
research analyzed millions of entry-level job postings from the past 12
months (July 2012 - June 2013).
"Despite the high unemployment rate for liberal arts graduates, we are
seeing that the skills they possess are in-demand when coupled with
specific technical skills," said Matthew Sigelman, CEO at Burning Glass.
"Employers report a strong need for recent graduates who possess skills
such as writing, adaptability, and problem solving. When combining these
skills with workforce-specific competencies, a liberal arts education
becomes highly valuable."
Burning Glass identified eight technical skill sets - Marketing, Sales,
Business, Social Media, Graphic Design, Data Analysis, Computer
Programming and IT Networking - which can be acquired through additional
coursework, minors, or internships. According to a recent report from
Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce, the average
unemployment rate for liberal arts graduates (9.7%) is 2.7% higher than
the average rate for all graduates (7%). By developing one or more of
these technical skill sets, liberal arts graduates can enhance their
competitiveness for the 955,000 jobs they already qualify for and tap
into an additional 862,000 jobs, almost doubling the number of jobs
available to them. These new opportunities offer an average salary
premium of $6,000 over entry-level jobs traditionally open to liberal
The full report, "The Art of Employment: How Liberal Arts Graduates Can
Labor Market Prospects," which includes analyses by occupation, region
and salary, is available online here.
About Burning Glass
Burning Glass, a Boston-based labor market analytics firm, develops
technologies to build detailed awareness of what is happening in the
labor market in real time. Burning Glass collects and analyzes job
postings from close to 30,000 online sources and then deploys advanced
proprietary text mining to "read" each job description, allowing us to
analyze the specific jobs, experience, qualifications, and skills
employers are seeking.
Our tools are playing a growing role in informing the global
conversation on education and the workforce by providing researchers,
policy makers, educators, and employers with detailed real-time
awareness into skill gaps and labor market demand. Burning Glass's job
seeker tools power several government workforce systems and have been
shown to have substantive impact on reemployment outcomes and on labor
With headquarters in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, Burning Glass is
proud to serve a client base that spans six continents, including
education institutions, government workforce agencies, academic research
centers, global recruitment and staffing agencies, major employers, and
leading job boards.
For Burning Glass
Hillary Yaffe, 212-614-4924