Study shows Architecture Graduates with Highest Unemployment Rate

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A recent study released by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce states that students who have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture have experience the highest rates of unemployment. The information was gathered using 2009 and 2010 data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Continue reading after the break for more detail information about the study.

Undergraduate architecture students are reportedly facing 13.9 percent unemployment rates, compared to the other struggling majors in the arts at 11.1 percent and the humanities at 9.4 percent. These numbers are significantly higher than the 8.9 percent unemployment rate of recent graduates with Bachelor’s Degrees. Health (5.4 percent), education (5.4 percent) and agriculture and natural resources (7 percent) were among the majors with the lowest unemployment rates.

The statics are stirring up more debates over the value college, questioning whether the increasing cost of higher education is worth the investment. However, when compared to the 22.9 percent unemployment rate for those with only a high school diploma the numbers start looking a little better. Furthermore, the Georgetown press release suggests considering a graduate degree. Recent Architecture graduates with a Master’s Degree are reportedly experiencing only a 7.7 percent unemployment rate.

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Reference: Georgetown University, The Washington Post

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Study shows Architecture Graduates with Highest Unemployment Rate" 04 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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