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Arts Majors Facing High Unemployment

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Jan 18, 2012

Unemployment rates are soaring for recent arts and architecture graduates, reports CNNMoney (1/4/2012) .

"Among recent college grads, architecture majors by far have the highest unemployment rate at 13.9%. That's according to a new report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.

The collapse of the construction and home-building industries in the recession is to blame. Even after gaining years of experience, architecture grads ages 30 and up, have a high unemployment rate at 9.2%.

Arts majors also have it tough, with an 11.1% unemployment rate for recent grads and a 7.1% rate for those with experience."

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Given these statistics, what advice do you provide serious arts students at your organization that are interested in, or preparing to, major in the arts in college? How do you best prepare them for the realities of today's high unemployment rates for arts graduates?

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