Why the Arts?

In 2018, the U.S. economy will require 22 million more associates, bachelor's and graduate degrees.

Since most arts jobs typically require high levels of education, Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce has found that more than 75% OF JOBS will require postsecondary education. Yet, according to the study, the U.S. will have a shortfall of three million degrees by 2018.

SNAAP, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, has created a unique website to form a clearer picture of arts alumni in America. This is just the beginning. Each year more and more survey respondents provide priceless information for the next generation of arts student. In 2009, 2011 and 2013, the Arts College at Kent State University has invited our alumni to participate in this very important national survey of arts professionals.

Below you will find links that may answer the many questions you have, such as:

  • How much do arts graduates earn?
  • Where do artists reside?
  • How satisfied are arts alumni with their education?
  • How many arts alumni have graduate degrees?

SnaapShot2013: Art Alumni in America

Making it Work: The Education and Employment of Recent Arts Graduates

"Focus 2" Major & Career Information

Match Majors to Careers

U.S. Department of Labor Websites

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Learn about occupations including responsibilities, salaries, education required, and employment outlook
  • Career One Stop - Explore careers, salary and benefits, training required, and employment seeker services by state
  • O*Net - Quick search tool for Ohio employment data and more

Ohio's In-Demand Careers

Talk with Faculty, Family and Professionals

  • Find out what a career is really like by speaking to someone in the field. Review the informational interviewing questions to ask and the list of possible people in your network to speak with.
  • Talk with your professors who have a wealth of knowledge about their career fields. 
  • Chat with family members about their work experiences and:
    • how they selected their careers
    • what they find rewarding/challenging
    • what skills they utilize
    • what their long-term goals are