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2018's Most Employable Degrees

25/09/2018 by Nandip Aulak

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Computer Science, Engineering and Medicine have been ranked as some of the most employable degrees in the country, according to a HESA study.


Choosing a degree is hard for any student. In today's competitive UK job market, students need to put serious consideration into whether the degree they get at the end of their studies is going to land them a job.

Last year, 14 million graduates entered the job market and this year will see similar numbers of fresh graduates looking for work.

According to the study, female students are more likely to select degrees related to medicine. Males, conversely, are more likely to take business or computer science degrees.

Conversely, the least popular degree for both male and female students was veterinary science. Despite this, veterinary science holds an impressive 98% chance of employment within 6 months of graduation.

Top 10 Most Desirable Degrees & Employment Percentage

1.Medicine & Dentistry: 99%

2.Veterinary Science: 98%

3.Subjects Allied to Medicine: 95%

4.Architecture, Building & Planning: 90%

5.Education: 90%

6.Engineering: 85%

7.Computer Science: 80%

8.Mathematical Sciences: 79%

9.Business & Admin: 75%

10.Law: 74%

The Rise of Computer Science Degrees

For years, Computer Science graduates topped unemployment tables. Even as recent as three or four years ago, the employment rate of a Computer Science graduate was just 14%.

Most employers were looking for graduates with two to three years' work experience in a time when  graduate recruitment schemes within businesses had largely vanished.

This paradoxical situation was addressed in 2014 with the evolution of on-the-job training schemes and an overhaul in degree-level education.

With a higher quality of teaching and hands-on experience, IT education was redesigned to meet the needs of the UK's future tech industry.

As a result,  the tech industry in the UK has exploded and the demand for skills has never been higher.

As a result, Computer Science graduates enjoy a chance of employment within 6 months of 80%; that's higher than Law and higher than Business Studies, two of the most reliably employable subjects in the UK.

As a result, Computer Science has been seeing a spike in undergraduate enrolment over the last few years. Last year saw a 4% increase, the largest percentage rise across all subjects.

We've talked before about the rise in women in tech, and this trend appears to be affecting undergraduate statistics too.

The number of female students in Computer Science has increased over the past three academic years. In 2014/15 the figure was 16,040 and last year it was 17,39o. This represents an 8.4% increase over the last three years.

For both male and female students, the average salary for tech graduates across all disciplines, including Software Development, Computer Science etc. is £33,175, making it one of the top 5 highest earning graduate sectors after Finance and Architecture.

Tomorrow's World

By the time this year's crop of undergraduates get their degrees, the tech industry will have diversified further, giving even more opportunities to students and tech professionals alike.

By 2020, A.I. will have created 2.3 million more jobs across all markets, but support and infrastructure of these jobs will lie in tech.

So, if you're thinking about your future career, whether you're a graduate, a Fresher, or just about to start your final year in college, take a look at all the opportunities tech has to offer.

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