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Sunday 25 June 2017

What graduates are best paid? The answer might surprise you

Teagasc's Tillage Advisor Michael McCarthy pictured with Kildalton Agriculture College students, David Rennick, Trim Co Meath and Stephen Morrissey, Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford.
Teagasc's Tillage Advisor Michael McCarthy pictured with Kildalton Agriculture College students, David Rennick, Trim Co Meath and Stephen Morrissey, Fethard-on-Sea, Co Wexford.
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The latest graduate salary report details what the graduates from the class of 2015 are now earning.

And the highest earners are Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries & Veterinary graduates, with 29pc of graduates earning €33,000 or more.

Graduates from these courses also had the highest proportion (8pc) earning more than €45,000.

They were also top of the class when it comes to having the most 'relevant' education to their career, with 86pc reporting the highest levels of relevance of their education to their area of employment.

The second most lucrative career for graduates is for anyone with a degree in Information Communications Technology (ICT) in their back pocket, with 27pc earning over €33,000.

The report, which was published by the Higher Education Authority, shows that employment opportunities for graduates of Irish universities and colleges of education continued to improve last year.

‘What do graduates do?’ is published each year and provides insights into the first destination of graduates of Irish universities and colleges of education, nine months after graduation.

At the other end of the scale, 21pc of Arts and Humanities 2015 graduates reported that they earn less than €12,999, while 16pc of Social Science, Journalism and Information graduates from 2015 say they earn less than €12,999.

Image: HEA
Image: HEA

The latest report looks at how 2015 graduates – from Degree, Higher & Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and Doctorate courses – have fared in relation to employment and further education or training. 

It shows that employment rates for Honours Bachelor Degree graduates have risen significantly in recent years: from 46pc in 2010 to 62pc in 2015.  

The report’s findings are based on 18,526 survey responses, representing 73pc of Level 8-10 graduates from Ireland’s universities and colleges of education.

Commenting today, Dr. Anne Looney, Interim CEO of the HEA, said: “Once again the findings of this report show an increase in graduate employment, with over 85pc of graduates finding work in Ireland. Employment opportunities in Computer Science, Health and Welfare and Education remained high in 2016.”

Dr. Looney said the ‘What do graduates do?’ report provides important data on the quality of Irish higher education provision and it shows the importance of the Higher Education system for economic and social development. The inclusion of the Institutes of Technology in a pilot 2017 Graduates Outcomes survey will give us access to the full picture of the impact of graduates from all our publicly funded higher education institutions”.


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