What Do Graduates Do and Earn?

The age-old question 'does a degree get you a job?' can lead some students to question whether a university education is worth the money, time and effort.

Graduate Scheme
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Graduate jobs are one of the most popular routes
into the professional world

With tuition fees now at £9,000 per year, and potentially set to rise again in the coming years, the outcome of a degree is now arguably more important than it has ever been.

We have analysed the most up-to-date, official data concerning students entering the world of work, and compiled everything you need to know: from the job prospects of a degree in each subject area, to what your average starting salary as a graduate will be.

In addition, this year we have conducted an analysis of the Graduate Gender Pay Gap, revealing some intriguing discrepancies between male and female salaries – even amongst graduates from the same subject areas.

The links below, each with a brief explanation of what the content entails, will direct you to the different data.

The percentage of graduates from each subject that go on to professional employment*, non-professional employment**, further study and unemployment.

The average starting salaries for graduates of each subject, including figures for both professional and non-professional employment.

A comparison of the starting salaries for graduates of each subject between 2010 and 2015.

An examination of the professional premium† for graduates of each subject, including a comparison between 2010 and 2015.

A quickfire summary of the subjects with the highest and lowest professional premiums, as well as those that have seen the greatest increases and decreases in professional premium.

How the salaries for graduates of each subject differ according to gender.

If you're interested in a graduate job, check out our list of the top graduate employers here.

*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.
Professional premium refers to the average difference in salary between those starting professional employment, and those starting non-professional employment.

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