The degrees that are pandemic-proof: Experts reveal the graduate courses you should enrol in now if you want avoid redundancy
- Teaching, pharmacy and engineering degrees among highest-rated study areas
- Just 68.7 per cent of graduates found job within four months of finishing course
- But vast majority of pharmacy degree holders – 96.4 per cent – in full-time work
- Medicine graduates in third for this year with an 86.7 per cent employment rate
Teaching, pharmacy and engineering degrees are among the most pandemic-proof study areas for finding a job after university, a study has found.
The federal Education Department’s Graduate Outcomes Survey found just 68.7 per cent of graduates who left university in the past year had found a full-time job within four months of finishing their course.
By comparison, the full-time undergraduate employment rate was 72.2 per cent before the COVID-19 crisis sent the Australian economy into recession.
Almost all pharmacy degree holders though – 96.4 per cent – had a full-time job this year after graduating.
Pharmacy graduates are among the most likely to secure a job within four months of graduating, recent figures have revealed (stock image)
AUSTRALIA’S PANDEMIC-PROOF DEGREES
Pharmacy – 96.4 per cent full-time employment rate after four months
Rehabilitation – 87.3 per cent
Medicine – 86.7 per cent
Engineering – 83 per cent
Teacher education – 80.6 per cent
Dentistry – 80 per cent
Veterinary science – 78.2 per cent
Source: 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey
Only 60.9 per cent of humanities students secured a job within four months of graduating, a decrease of almost four per cent compared to the year before.
But those with a teaching degree still have a high chance of full-time employment – with that figure dropping only 0.2 per cent to 80.6 per cent from 2019.
Medicine graduates came in third for 2020 with an 86.7 per cent employment rate, while engineering was fourth at 83 per cent.
Veterinary science degree-holders also fared well with 78.2 per cent finding a job.
The worst degrees for employment prospects were mathematics and science, which gave graduates only a 59.1 per cent chance at landing a full-time job within the time period.
One engineering executive said the range of work for graduates in the sector meant there were always jobs available.
‘One of the great attractions of the profession is the huge variety of tasks and environments in which engineers find themselves working,’ Engineers Australia chief executive Dr Bronwyn Evans told News Corp.
Government figures showed veterinary science degree holders fared well with 78.2 per cent finding a full-time job
‘From designing buildings or spacecraft to leading project teams or combating the effects of climate, engineers are everywhere.’
The government survey released this month said vocationally-oriented study areas – those training for a particular career – tended have the most success in the labour market.
‘Workers in service-type activities like the events and entertainment industries have been most impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions,’ the survey said.
Only three universities trended upwards in terms of finding their students a job after graduation – the University of Southern Queensland, and regional New South Wales’ the University of New England and Southern Cross University.
Those with a teaching degree still have a high chance of full-time employment – with 80.6 per cent having found a job within four months
Medicine graduates came in third for 2020 with an 86.7 per cent full-time employment rate
A recent study meanwhile found graduate teachers are earning more than lawyers in their first year out of university.
Teachers have a minimum wage of $70,000 in every state in Australia, and can earn in excess of $110,000 after a few years’ experience.
Teachers also enjoy an average of 12 weeks of holidays in contrast to the standard four week annual leave period.
A first year lawyer by comparison can expect to earn about $65,000.