The nature of jobs is changing.” So says Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and businessman (and signer of Dirk Nowitzki’s paychecks).
In an interview with Bloomberg News, Cuban made his case for why students should be majoring in the humanities and liberal arts. After being asked by Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson whether students should study things like software programming or finance, Cuban said:
No finance. That’s the easiest thing — you just take the data have it spit out whatever you need. I personally think there’s going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering, because when the data is all being spit out for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data. And so having someone who is more of a freer thinker.
Hey, this might be a good time to mention that you can study all of these things at Reynolds! The Liberal Arts AA degree promotes a broad background of knowledge across the arts, humanities, languages, and social sciences to develop students’ abilities in analytical and critical thinking, written and oral communication, and understanding global cultural awareness. Sound familiar? These are the skills that Cuban says will be important in the future of the workforce.
Cuban argued that automation will reduce the number of of human workers needed for a wide range of jobs from truck drivers to paralegals. So what should students study in order to compete in a job market where repetitive tasks from manual labor to data analysis are increasingly done by automation? Cuban pointed to three specific majors where students learn critical thinking, adaptability, and communication — English, philosophy, and foreign languages.