CollegeJournal.com Offers Job Market Advice

CollegeJournal.com Offers Job Market Advice
By Ronald Roach

PRINCETON, N.J.

Liberal arts majors will need to work harder than ever to find jobs after graduation in this tough economy, according to CollegeJournal.com, .

“It’s a poor hiring market for many job hunters, but new liberal-arts grads will have an especially tough time since fewer companies will be willing to invest in their training and long-term career potential,” says Tony Lee, editor in chief of CollegeJournal.com. “The only good news is that the skills developed by most liberal-arts majors, such as an ability to write and speak well, think critically, solve problems and work in a team, are critical to every candidate’s success.”

According to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, liberal-arts graduates fared the worst among graduates of various degree programs in the Fall 2002 “Salary Survey,” with average starting salary offers falling below $30,000 for many liberal-arts disciplines. In addition, employers expect to cut college hiring of liberal-arts majors 3.6 percent for the 2002-2003 academic year.
CollegeJournal.com is produced by Dow Jones & Co., the publisher of the Wall Street Journal.



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