18 December 2009

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

Graduate Careers Australia's Australian Graduate Survey 2009 released this evening 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 2008 of 79.9 percent against the national full-time employment figure of 77.1 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 (100 percent); Social Work (94.4 percent); Veterinary Science (86.8 percent); Pharmacy (86.4 percent); Dentistry (83.3 percent); Rehabilitation (83.1 percent); and Engineering (77.4 percent).

The figures for UQ bachelor degree graduates in further full-time study represented 22.9 percent against a national figure of 18.3 percent.

UQ bachelor degree graduates in their first full-time employment (and under 25 years of age) reported median starting salaries of $50,000 for males and $47,000 for females.

Of those in their first full-time employment, the higher end salaries included dentistry, software engineering, environmental science, research and business analysis, physiotherapy, mining engineering, chemical and mechanical engineering, investment banking, medicine.

For people considering study at UQ in 2010, the UQ Options Evening will be held on Monday December 21 from 4.30pm - 7pm, at the UQ Centre, St Lucia.

This event is the perfect opportunity for students to talk to staff about study options and alternative pathways into your preferred UQ program.

Representatives from Faculties, Admissions, Scholarships and Student Recruitment will be available to answer your specific questions. There will also be a series of information sessions covering a range of study areas, entry requirements, upgrading, prerequisites, the QTAC process, alternative entry options and scholarships.
Campus tours will start at 3.30pm and will continue every 15 minutes until 4.45pm.

Please contact UQ Admissions on: 07 3365 2203 or admissionsenquiries@admin.uq.edu.au

Media: Jan King 0413 601 248