Most uni graduates in work by three years

Matt Coughlan
(Australian Associated Press)

 

Nine out of 10 Australian university graduates are working full-time three years after finishing their degree.

The 2019 graduate outcomes survey received responses from more than 40,000 people who completed degrees in 2016 and tracked them three years later.

Four months after graduating, 72.6 per cent were working full time, with that figure rising to 90.1 three years on in 2019.

Graduates started off with average starting salary of $58,700, rising to $72,800 after three years in the workforce.

Dentistry produces the most employable graduates, with 99 per cent of graduates in full-time employment three years after completing their studies, followed by medicine and rehabilitation at 98 per cent.

Veterinary science (96 per cent), engineering (95 per cent) and law (95 per cent) were next.

University of Sydney had the highest full-time employment over the medium term, with 93.2 per cent, ahead of WA’s University of Notre Dame (92.8) and the University of Queensland (92.5).

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said universities would continue to be given incentives to make graduates job-ready.

“Universities are a key driver of job creation, job growth, and productivity improvements in this nation,” he said in a statement.

Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten said the coalition had nothing to boast about, arguing it was more expensive to go to universities than ever.

“I give the young people the credit for those results – they’re the ones studying hard,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.

“I just wish the federal government would work as hard as them. It’s too expensive, too many cuts to university and too many people are missing out.

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