Check out the average graduate salary by subject
Ever wondered what the average graduate salary is for your subject? Our comprehensive list tells you everything you need to know.
Most people go to uni to get as good a degree as possible, so they can get as good a job as possible, so they can earn as much money as possible, so they can live the best life possible. But very few people have actually researched the average graduate salary for their subject.
Below we bring you the official figures detailing how much graduates from each subject earn - the data is taken from the 2008/9 Higher Education Statistics Agency report published earlier this year.
Average graduate salary by subject
|Rank||Subject||Average salary of graduates|
|6||Middle Eastern and African Studies||£25,004|
|11||Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering||£23,478|
|12||Librarianship & Information Management||£23,246|
|14||Physics & Astronomy||£22,946|
|15||Electrical and Electronic Engineering||£22,897|
|18||Theology & Religious Studies||£21,749|
|20||Accounting & Finance||£21,551|
|24||Other Subjects Allied to Medicine||£20,869|
|25||Classics & Ancient History||£20,864|
|27||East and South Asian Studies||£20,750|
|32||Anatomy & Physiology||£20,420|
|34||History of Art, Architecture and Design||£20,103|
|36||Pharmacology & Pharmacy||£20,059|
|39||Land and Property Management||£19,993|
|40||Town and Country Planning and Landscape||£19,974|
|43||Geography & Environmental Science||£19,844|
|47||Agriculture and Forestry||£18,933|
|57||Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism||£17,664|
|59||Drama, Dance and Cinematics||£17,446|
|60||Communication and Media Studies||£17,358|
|61||Art & Design||£17,300|
As you can see, the subject you take has a huge impact on your future earning potential. As you might have expected the science-based subjects such as medicine and engineering dominate the top of the list - while at the other end of the spectrum the creative subjects such as music, design and journalism prove to have the lowest average graduate salary.
Before panicking, however, it’s important to remember that these are merely average salaries - just because you study psychology, for example, doesn’t mean you won’t go straight into a very well-paid job. The job application process is about more than just your qualifications, so if your degree appears lower down on our list perhaps you could think about what else you could do to improve your employability.
Equally, just because the average graduate salary for your subject may be lower, this doesn’t mean that your earnings will be fixed at that level for long. Having a degree of any sort means that your salary is much more likely to increase at a faster rate than someone who isn’t a graduate.
If you are particularly worried about the figures in the table above then it might also be worth thinking about shifting your aims and plans for the next few years. It’s never too late - if you think you are taking the wrong subject it’s always worth speaking to your university to see if there is the possibility of changing degrees.
You could also look at changing direction after your degree is over by retraining in another field by taking a postgraduate course such as a Masters or PhD.