In the times of high unemployment amongst graduates, economic crisis and the most competitive job market ever, choosing the right degree is not a piece of cake. What to study to get a job? The Telegraph presents the ranking.
Using the data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency The Telegraph has prepared a list of Top 10 Degree Subjects for Getting a Job. The results overall are not shocking although it might come as a surprise that some of the most wanted employees graduate in Education, or that degrees such as Engineering or Computer Science are not included in the list – although they took the top positions in the rankings published by for example The Forbes or The Independent.
The undisputed top degrees are Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science with as much as 99.4% of students employed within six months of graduation. Similarly, 94% of the students of subjects allied to Medicine, such as Biomedical Science and Neurology get a job quickly, which ranks them in the third place.
The second is the said Education: turns out we need teachers so badly that almost 95% of graduates in Education get hired right after graduation. They are followed by Law students, of which almost 92% are guaranteed to get a job.
Number five is definitely not what we could expect in the UK: Agriculture provides jobs to 91.3% of graduates. Then again comes the science; with biotechnology developing rapidly it is not a surprise that 90.9% of Biological Sciences graduates are able to get a job soon after graduating. Humanities are not totally booked to the debit though. Languages and Historical & Philosophical Studies graduates land themselves a job quickly – in turn 90.3 and 90.1%. The last two places are taken by Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences – almost 90% of the graduates don’t need to worry about unemployment.
The ranking was designed according to the number of respondents who work or are in further education within half a year after graduating, as a percentage out of all those in or looking for work or further education. However, it doesn’t say how many of the employed graduates work in McDonald’s or even in their field – but abroad.
So, is your degree bound to get you a job?