Why a Career in the Arts?

  • According to research by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), employment and job satisfaction for art major alumni are on par with those of other college graduates.
  • The arts teach the skills employers are looking for. According to a new report from the World Economic Forum, it is clear that creativity at work is going to be one of the most important and in-demand skills in the next five years. Creativity is on the list along with skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. Who can teach those skills better than the arts?
  • 72% of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.
  • Creative industries account for 16.3% of total employment in Los Angeles County and 15.4% of total employment statewide, according to the 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy. In L.A. County, according to the report, the fastest area of growth is fine arts and performing arts, with an average annual wage of $92,000 — substantially higher than statewide average of $68,500 for this category.
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