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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

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U.S. Department of Labor Websites

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Learn about occupations including job responsibilities, salaries, education required and job outlook
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