On February 7, 2018, The Association of American Universities released a report offering data to show that graduates with humanities degrees are “gainfully employed and happy.” As they put it in their summary:
The report focuses on Bachelor’s degree holders. It “draws on data sources that meet the highest standards of social scientific rigor, relying heavily on the products of the U.S. federal statistical system.” … More Humanities Graduates are Gainfully Employed and Happy
The folks at Payscale.com have conducted a pretty impressive study comparing the earning power of virtually every major. Philosophy doesn’t stack up to the top paid major, petroleum engineering, but no one really thought it did. (Although, it is worth reading our earlier post showing that the rate of return on a philosophy major is the same as an … More The lifetime earning power of a philosophy degree, compared with all the others.
Despite the anti-philosophy rhetoric, philosophy majors do very well in the job market. A recent study by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that in 2015, only five percent of philosophy majors were unemployed, six months after graduation — a percentage that has been decreasing for years. … More In 2015, only 5% of Philosophy Majors were unemployed, six months after graduation.
Humanities majors are often caricatured. Sometimes it is said that liberal arts students go to college to ultimately end up asking “Do you want fries with that?” Other times people make jokes asking “Why do so many homeless people know about Nietzsche?” A myth exists that humanities majors are unemployed and unsuccessful. This could not be farther … More The myth of the unemployed Humanities Major
A philosophy degree is not quite what it seems. In fact, it is much more. A recent report by PayScale noted that of all the humanities bachelors degrees, philosophy is the best. Individuals with degrees in philosophy have higher lifetime earnings, and are also tremendous contributors in the workplace. “We hear again and again that employers value … More Salaries of Philosophy Majors Over Time
In the fourth Republican Debate of the 2016 election, candidate Marco Rubio made the comment that “Welders make more than philosophers,” suggesting that students should pursue trade occupations rather than the arts and humanities. The Washington Post investigated Rubio’s claim and what they found was that welders not only make less money than philosophers, but they … More Philosophers make much more than welders
National Association of College Employers (NACE) has philosophy projected as the highest earning 2016 humanities major. Read about it here at naceweb.org
538 is the nations most respected site for sports, politics, and economic statistical analysis. The took issue presidential candidate’s Marco Rubio’s comment that “welders make more than philosophers, we need more welders and less philosophers.” So they analyzed the statistics. … More Philosophers Don’t Get Much Respect, But Their Earnings Don’t Suck
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has shown that philosophy is at least as good of an investment as engineering and health fields. … More Return on Investment in a Philosophy Major Is Comparable To That Of an Engineering Major