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Top 10 Popular University Degrees 2014 – 2015

Posted by Devina Tarin

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The following are the most popular degrees that are undertaken in university along with the job prospects and professions:

1. Accounting

Accounting is one of the areas with the most graduate vacancies for 2015 and is the most popular employment choice for graduates along with Consulting, IT and Finance. This degree is also the main type of job candidates would be employed in, accounting for 21.9% of graduates1. Graduates may be able to find themselves with job titles such as:

  • Accountant
  • Accounting clerk
  • Account analyst
  • Account manager
  • Bookkeeper etc. 

 

2. Business and Commerce

Business and Commerce are in demand across all industry sectors including science, law, entertainment, and account for a wide range of professions. Graduates with a commerce degree would usually work in the private sector while those with a Business degree would usually work in the public sector. A few professions that you can find yourself in include:

  • Researcher
  • Policy advisor
  • Financial and statistical analyst
  • Actuary etc.

 

3. Banking and Finance

Banking and Finance professionals are in high demand in big cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. Jobs for those in with a degree in Finance can be found in both corporate and personal finance levels including:

  • Broker
  • Economists
  • Auditor
  • Debt collector etc.

 

4. Marketing and Sales

Although Marketing and Sales are often associated with each other they are two completely different roles with different focuses, however they correlate with one another and operate within organisations. Those in Marketing and Sales can find themselves in fields of advertising, public relations, market research and retail with popular careers as a:

  • Sales representative
  • Advertising sales agent
  • Public relations assistant
  • Sales information analyst
  • Media advertising assistant etc.

 

5. Science

The field of Science is very broad and so a degree in Science allows graduates to have a strong understanding and ability to solve problems and analyse with scientific methods. A degree in Science also offer a range of majors and specialisations, allowing a range of graduate jobs in various industries including:

  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Marketing and consulting
  • Government
  • Forensics
  • Education etc.

 

6. Information Technology (IT)

The IT industry is a rapidly growing industry so prospects for a career in this industry is bright and also in high demand as more companies utilise data to make decisions. Many industries are in search for those working in IT and many graduates (8.6% according to AAGE) would find themselves in IT behind Accounting and Consulting. Job prospects include professions such as:

  • Applications developer
  • Business analyst
  • IT technical support officer
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Testing engineer etc.

 

7. Arts and Humanities

A degree in Arts and Humanities allows graduates to have career prospects in many different industries including Education, the Arts, Media, Research, Diplomacy, Public Service, Journalism and even Politics. Many of the careers in Arts and Humanities also correlate with other majors, however a few of the top careers include:

  • Linguist
  • Journalist
  • Counselling
  • Teacher
  • Artist etc.

 

8. Law

A Law degree is one of the most prestigious degrees and prospect wise, is one of the highest paying degrees. According to AAGE, law is the third most common degree that students take in university with 13.1% behind Accounting and Banking and Finance. Fields of employment for those in law may include:

  • Various fields of law (health, public interest, international etc.)
  • Government
  • Private practice
  • Education

 

9. Engineering

Engineering is a very broad degree with the four major branches of Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Chemical/Processing engineering. The type of jobs graduates can find themselves employed in are respectively:

  • Mechanical engineering (3.0%)
  • Electrical engineering (2.4%)
  • Chemical engineering (2.1%)
  • Civil engineering (1.9%)
  • Software engineering (1.5%)
  • Mining engineering (1.1%)

 

10. Management

The prospects of going into Management as a graduate job is most likely as it can be found in all industries. Within Management, there are two categories of people management and project management. People management would mostly be in charge of recruitment, logistics, scheduling, finances and policy while project management involves planning and organising. Main management professions that graduates can find themselves in include:

  • Consulting (9.7%)
  • Risk management (1.7%)
  • General management (1.0%)
  • Retail management (1.0%)
  • Project management etc. 

 


1 AAGE, The AAGE Candidate Survey 2015


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