When two bachelor's degrees are better than one

By Ashley Delamater

While un- and underemployment rates for liberal arts graduates have decreased in the wake of the Great Recession, their salary potential still lags behind that of students in other disciplines until mid-career. As a result, recent graduates are increasingly looking to add skills related to high-demand fields in order to expand their job prospects and earning potential.

Threshold Skills Open Many Doors
Entry-Level Jobs and Salaries, 2012-2013

Threshold skills open many doors

Source: Burning Glass Labor/InsightTM

Traditional certificate and master’s degrees programs, however, are not always the best option for liberal arts graduates: certificates are easily accessible, but often met with skepticism by employers; while master’s degrees are well recognized but often beyond the reach of graduates with little prior education in the field.

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