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Do Humanities Graduates Earn Less?

VU International News and Reviews No. 106 February 12 2018

February 2018

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has published its “The State of Humanities 2018: Graduates in the Workforce and Beyond”, using the Humanities Indicators website ( which features 103 topics and includes more than 500 graphs and data tables detailing the state of the humanities. It shows that although Humanities graduates in the US start at lower earnings than in other fields, over time – and with growing experience – this earning gap of Humanities get smaller with most other fields except life science and physics. When looking at labour market prospects, the report shows that the 4.3% unemployment rate among terminal bachelor’s degree holders in humanities is not that much higher than the 3.6% as an overall average among graduates.


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