Architecture grads face highest unemployment of all majors, study finds

Jill Jensen

Unemployment rates for students with bachelor’s degrees vary by major, with architecture, the arts and the humanities topping the list with the most graduate unemployed, a new study released Wednesday finds.

The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce found an almost 14 percent unemployment rate for architecture majors. A press release attributed this rise to the collapse in the construction industry during the recession.

Majors aligned with the sciences, education or healthcare have low unemployment rates, at about 5 percent, because they are tied to a stable industry, the release said.

The study also found the unemployment rate for people with graduate degrees was 3 percent, compared to a 8.9 percent unemployment rate for people with bachelor’s degrees and a 22.9 percent rate for people with only high school degrees.