“Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.”
So says an article that appears in the August 17, 2015 issue of Forbes, “That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket.”
According to the article, tech companies are hiring non-STEM graduates at high rates to fill their jobs in sales, marketing, education, consulting, business development, product management, real estate, and many other areas. In one example, Forbes used LinkedIn to research the job placements for Northwestern University graduates pursuing careers in the San Francisco Bay area. The top corporate employers for these young alumni are Google, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, and LinkedIn. Over half of those employed by these tech giants majored in subjects in the liberal arts.
What are these employers looking for? People who know how to effectively and creatively communicate with other people.