The dance field offers unconventional career paths that may begin in a number of educational settings where training usually starts at a young age. Many dancers expand their careers by enrolling in college programs to earn degrees as dance educators, administrators, notators, writers, and scholars in addition to working as performers and choreographers. They may earn their degree before, during or after a professional dancing career. Other dancers may choose not to perform professionally, but instead choose to pursue employment through private academies, public schools, freelance work, physical therapy or other related field. Regardless of the path chosen, dancers now have a wide variety of options for their education and career pursuits-- perhaps more than any other field.
Recent studies have also been made on the value of a degree in the Arts and the usefulness of having an Arts degree in the modern business world.
Katharine Bell of the Harvard Business Review speaks about the changing workforce demographic in her article, "The MFA is the New MBA."