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Will I be able to find a job?

According to Job Outlook (published by National Association of Colleges and Employers), the top four skills desired for employment are listed as follows:

  1. the ability to work well with others
  2. strong written and verbal communication
  3. the ability to solve complex problems
  4. the ability to process information, organize ideas, complete projects, and analyze data.

Note that this list contains no specific occupational skills.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities states:
“while you may think that choosing the ‘right’ major is key to getting a good job, your long-term professional success will depend far more on acquiring the right skills for a rapidly changing workplace.”

Their top five include the ability to:

  1. work in teams
  2. write and speak well
  3. think clearly about complex problems
  4. analyze a problem to develop solutions
  5. understand science and technology in a complex environment.

If we are to consider seriously what these two organizations identify as desirable qualities in prospective employees, then the degrees offered by the College of Arts and Science are of great value. This is because the “skills” mentioned above are at the core of an arts and science degree or, as many people refer to it, a traditional liberal arts degree.


Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.