Media coverage of the Grattan Institute's Mapping Australian higher education
report released this week has focused on the public policy implications of doubtful university-related debt
through the HELP scheme. One missing link in the media coverage is the link between discipline studied and chances of getting a professional job.
The report uses 2011 census data to explore job prospects of bachelor-degree graduates by the main discipline studied. As we would expect, there are big differences between degrees. People with degrees in health-related disciplines generally have a very good chance of getting professional or managerial jobs -- about 90% of those in work and not currently studying for many sub-disciplines. People with degrees in the humanities and social sciences find it much more difficult to find work matching their qualifications. Between half and two-thirds, depending on discipline, are in professional and managerial jobs.
Bachelor-degree graduates in work and not currently studying who have a job as "managerial" or "professional"