15 December 2008

University of Queensland graduates under the age of 25 and available for full-time work have again achieved outstanding employment rates.

Graduate Careers Australia's Australian Graduate Survey 2008 reveals that University of Queensland graduates continued to be highly sought by employers.

In the national performance figures compiled by the Federal Government, the University had achieved a full-time employment rate for bachelor degree graduates for 2007 of 86.6 percent against the national full-time employment figure of 85.2 percent.

Over an extended period, the University has had only 5 percent of its graduates recorded as unemployed and seeking full-time employment in the Australian Graduate Survey.

UQ graduates reported high full-time employment rates in fields such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, rehabilitation, engineering, veterinary science, dentistry, urban/regional planning, and laws.

The figures for UQ bachelor degree graduates in further full-time study represented 26.7 percent against a national figure of 19.6 percent.

UQ bachelor degree graduates in their first full-time employment (and under 25 years of age) reported median starting salaries above the median annual starting salary of $45,000 for new Australian resident bachelor degree graduates aged less than 25 and in their first full-time employment in Australia.

Of those in their first full-time employment, the higher end salaries included geology, dentistry, mining engineering, medicine, commerce, chemical engineering, law and electrical engineering.

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