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By Ronald Roach


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

“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 “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. is produced by Dow Jones & Co., the publisher of the Wall Street Journal.

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