Arts degrees are generally not considered as wealth producing or something that will land a job the moment a student steps out of a college with an arts degree. The truth, however, is completely different. According to a recent statistic, some of the most sought after positions in 2011 were in liberal arts or could be pursued with any degree in arts. Further, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that employment opportunities for fine arts or liberal arts degrees will hold well until at least 2018.
Generally, arts degrees, whether they are fine/creative arts or liberal arts inculcate versatility in students. Students majoring in these areas are more flexible and adapt easily to the requirements of employers. The reasons could be that their communication abilities and skills in presenting information are honed and polished in college while pursuing their arts programs. In addition, awareness of culture, indigenous of foreign, is something that arts students are more exposed to. Employers often find that arts graduates are more efficient multi-taskers and problem solvers. Since most arts students tend to focus on a general mix of classes than on a more focused curriculum, it allows them to be easily molded into the type of professionals employers look for.
Arts degrees can open out a plethora of opportunities for you. Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) can be the stepping stone to a more advanced study in the various fields of arts or to an open field of careers that can range from musician to management. Students not willing to undergo the traditional bachelor’s programs in arts can pursue associate degree programs, which are of only two years generally, and students who want to pursue their passion and cement their knowledge of arts further can opt for master’s degree programs in liberal arts or fine arts. More recently, with the advent of online education and its increasing popularity, more and more students are taking up arts programs online and some of them opt for accelerated programs that help them get their degrees faster and enter the job market earlier than the others.