Higher education students who study the arts may see many job opportunities

Individuals who display the skills learned in art-based classes may find more job opportunities than other students.
Individuals who display the skills learned in art-based classes may find more job opportunities than other students.

A recent nation-wide study by EMC Research reveals that higher education students who study the arts - including web design, advertising, graphic design, multimedia communications and animation - may see many job opportunities after graduation.

The study shows that more than half of all companies report that they plan to hire students with an arts background this year. Approximately 58 percent of businesses said that they would employ these degree holders next year.

Results from the study also indicate that many companies value the skills that are traditionally learned in more artistic classes. For example, 84 percent said that they want job candidates to have computer skills, while 75 percent want individuals to possess strong writing abilities. An additional 67 percent of employers report that they value creativity.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also states that jobs for individuals who study the arts are growing. For example, employment opportunities for graphic designers are expected to increase by 13, while artists and related workers should see a 12 percent increase in positions through 2018.

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