First Lady Michelle Obama praises the value of a liberal arts education

During a recent visit to Georgetown University as part of College Immersion Day, First Lady Michelle Obama was asked by Kiana Miller, a student at Anacostia High School, which degree programs she felt were of particular benefit to students filling out college applications in today's challenging economic climate.

"I value liberal arts education because you’re really getting a broad skill set," said Obama. "And I think one of the things that’s important to be able to do in life is learn how to read and write – write really well and articulate your views."

She went on to say that careers in the healthcare and technology industries were in growing demand. Obama also answered questions from students about her own strengths and weaknesses as a law student, and the greatest adversity that she faced in her professional career and personal life. 

The first lady's comments echo official data that suggests careers in healthcare are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 of the 20 fastest-growing career fields are within the healthcare industry, and more than 3.2 million jobs will be created within the sector between 2008 and 2018. 

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