The Uni Degrees Least Likely To Land You A Job After You Graduate
A report has found that employment conditions have become much more challenging for graduates and that their rates of full-time work are significantly down over the last decade.
The study by the Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work has found those who study medicine or teaching have the best chance of landing a job after graduation.
It found that 94.9 per cent of those with degrees in medicine were in full-time work within four months of graduating while 83.3 per cent of those who studied teacher education were in full-time work at this same point in time.
The study suggests the reason for this is as medicine and education are vocations -- they are usually attached to accreditation for entry which involves a practical or placement element -- leading to clearer and more defined pathways for future work.
The median salary for medicine graduates when they first enter the workforce is about $70,000 a year with teachers starting on an average of $63,500.
Other jobs in high demand included engineering, nursing, business and management.
At the opposite end of the scale, those who study communications and the creative arts have the worst job prospects four months after graduation, with only 60.5 per cent finding work in communications and just over half of graduates being employed in the creative arts at 52.2 per cent.
The report attributes generalist degrees that cover a wide range of disciplines and have no specific focus as not feeding into defined career pathways, making it harder for graduates to find work in the field.
Other jobs with low graduate employment included humanities, social sciences, humanities and mathematics.
Alison Pennington and Jim Stanford, lead researchers in the report, believe that the increase in technology was creating new jobs rather than taking them away through the creation of new roles that didn't previously exist.
"The future of work will be marked by an increased role for jobs where technology complements human labour, and 'frees up' humans to undertake more abstract, cognitive and emotional labour," the report said.
They added that problem-solving, leadership skills and people management capabilities will be important skills in the future of Australian employment.
Jobs with a human element will also continue to be in high demand with the researchers saying: "This is especially true in human, caring and public services -- which have been strong sources of new job-creation in recent years."
See the full list of the graduates who find work in the first four months below:
Medicine 94.9 per cent
Teacher education 83.3 per cent
Engineering 83.1 per cent
Nursing 78.7 per cent
Business and management 77.9 per cent
Law and paralegal studies 77.2 per cent
Computing and information systems 73.2 per cent
Science and mathematics 64.6 per cent
Humanities and social sciences 64.3 per cent
Communications 60.5 per cent
Creative arts 52.2 per cent
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