When it comes to university, we’re often encouraged to go into science and IT because there’s a better chance of getting a job at the end of it.
But the Grattan Institute’s Mapping Australian Higher Education 2016 report reveals that these fields might not be as secure as we once thought. The report looked at the job prospects of science and IT graduates, and the results were surprising.
Only half of 2015 science graduates found full-time employment in their field of study within four months of graduating, while a third of recent IT graduates have been unable to find work.
Science jobs have been in decline since the end of the mining boom, with students from life sciences degrees in particular struggling to find full-time work that is related to their area of study. Many science students find themselves continuing onto further study, including honours, other bachelor degrees and postgraduate courses.
“Students thinking about studying science need to know that a bachelor science degree is high risk for finding a job,” one of the report’s authors said.
“Often students need to do another degree to improve their employment prospects.”
Although there isn’t a shortage of IT jobs, competition from a globalised IT labour force makes it harder for IT students to find full-time employment after graduation.
“Employers in Australia are dissatisfied with the quality of IT graduates,” the report states.
“Workers with qualifications from overseas made up 30 per cent of employed IT professionals.”
So you might want to think wisely if you're going to uni and pick an area of study with more guaranteed job options. And in this case, science and IT are in the middle of the pack.
Degrees Most Likely To Lead To Employment
Degrees Least Likely To Lead To Employment
Science other than maths
You can read the full report here.