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What Do Graduates Do?

Students have always been concerned about their first job after graduation, and in the wake of increased tuition fees, graduate employment prospects are arguably more important than ever.

Graduates At Work
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Although most graduates choose to seek employment,
there are other possible options

However, entering the working world isn't the only option after graduation. Many students choose to progress onto further study, either full-time or alongside a job.

To give you the best idea of exactly what you'll be able to do after you've earned your degree, we've broken down the destinations of graduates from each subject area into six categories, including professional employment*, non-professional employment** and further study. The data used refers to those who completed their degree in the academic year 2014–15.

If you come across a subject with employment or study prospects that interests you, click on the link to see the university rankings table. Or, if you're interested in seeing how much you could earn after graduating from any given subject, check out our comprehensive table of graduate salaries.

You will find the rest of our graduate employment and salary data in the box to the right, or at the bottom of the page for mobile users.

SubjectProfessional jobProfessional job and studyStudy Only                                                                       Non-professional jobNon-professional job and studyUnemployed
Accounting & Finance 48% 10% 8% 24% 2% 7%
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 56% 3% 17% 14% 1% 8%
Agriculture & Forestry 31% 4% 17% 39% 3% 7%
American Studies 35% 3% 21% 30% 4% 7%
Anatomy & Physiology 31% 4% 38% 18% 3% 6%
Anthropology 34% 3% 22% 33% 4% 5%
Archaeology 28% 3% 30% 21% 7% 10%
Architecture 65% 5% 13% 9% 0% 7%
Art & Design 51% 1% 9% 30% 1% 7%
Aural & Oral Sciences 78% 4% 6% 9% 0% 3%
Biological Sciences 31% 3% 34% 22% 2% 7%
Building 79% 3% 5% 8% 0% 5%
Business & Management Studies 52% 3% 11% 25% 1% 7%
Celtic Studies 21% 1% 43% 25% 7% 2%
Chemical Engineering 58% 2% 20% 9% 1% 10%
Chemistry 40% 3% 37% 13% 1% 7%
Civil Engineering 71% 3% 13% 7% 1% 5%
Classics & Ancient History 30% 2% 31% 24% 4% 9%
Communication & Media Studies 49% 1% 10% 31% 1% 8%
Complementary Medicine 71% 7% 11% 5% 3% 4%
Computer Science 65% 2% 9% 14% 1% 10%
Creative Writing 26% 2% 15% 39% 4% 14%
Dentistry 94% 4% 1% 1% 0% 0%
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 43% 2% 11% 36% 2% 7%
East & South Asian Studies 41% 3% 23% 21% 2% 11%
Economics 55% 6% 19% 12% 1% 6%
Education 60% 2% 14% 21% 1% 2%
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 62% 2% 13% 13% 1% 9%
English 34% 3% 25% 27% 4% 6%
Food Science 57% 2% 16% 16% 2% 6%
Forensic Science 39% 1% 16% 33% 3% 8%
French 47% 3% 23% 20% 2% 6%
General Engineering 62% 4% 19% 9% 1% 7%
Geography & Environmental Science 39% 3% 25% 24% 3% 6%
Geology 33% 3% 37% 19% 1% 7%
German 49% 4% 23% 18% 1% 5%
History 32% 3% 27% 29% 4% 6%
History of Art, Architecture & Design 35% 4% 28% 24% 2% 7%
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 46% 1% 9% 36% 1% 6%
Iberian Languages 49% 3% 21% 21% 1% 5%
Italian 45% 2% 18% 23% 1% 12%
Land & Property Management 80% 2% 8% 7% 0% 2%
Law 32% 6% 33% 18% 5% 5%
Librarianship & Information Management 60% 2% 10% 18% 1% 9%
Linguistics 37% 3% 24% 27% 3% 6%
Marketing 61% 1% 8% 22% 1% 6%
Materials Technology 51% 2% 12% 26% 1% 8%
Mathematics 46% 6% 27% 13% 1% 8%
Mechanical Engineering 64% 2% 15% 10% 1% 8%
Medical Technology 90% 1% 4% 3% 0% 3%
Medicine 93% 1% 5% 0% 0% 0%
Middle Eastern & African Studies 46% 1% 23% 18% 3% 8%
Music 41% 4% 18% 28% 2% 6%
Nursing 94% 2% 2% 1% 0% 1%
Occupational Therapy 86% 1% 2% 5% 0% 4%
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics 85% 8% 4% 1% 0% 1%
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 76% 9% 9% 4% 1% 2%
Philosophy 33% 4% 29% 23% 3% 8%
Physics & Astronomy 35% 4% 39% 11% 1% 10%
Physiotherapy 91% 1% 3% 3% 0% 2%
Politics 41% 4% 25% 21% 2% 7%
Psychology 32% 4% 21% 32% 5% 6%
Russian & East European Languages 47% 3% 24% 19% 1% 6%
Social Policy 33% 2% 18% 35% 3% 9%
Social Work 59% 4% 9% 20% 2% 6%
Sociology 30% 2% 18% 39% 3% 8%
Sports Science 39% 4% 22% 29% 3% 4%
Theology & Religious Studies 34% 4% 32% 20% 4% 6%
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 61% 4% 15% 13% 2% 4%
Veterinary Medicine 91% 1% 5% 2% 0% 1%
          
Averages 51% 3% 17% 21% 2% 6%

Source: HESA 2014–15
Published October 2016

Notes

  • This data is based on the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014–15 (DLHE) survey.

*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.