Uni graduates lead in earnings and employment

Monday, 14 July 2003

University of Adelaide first-degree graduates are not only landing more full-time jobs than their counterparts at Flinders and UniSA, they are also earning more money.

According to a 2002 Graduate Careers Council of Australia (GCCA) Graduate Destination Survey, 82.2 per cent of 2001 University of Adelaide graduates found positions in key professions in 2001 compared to 76 per cent of Flinders graduates and 74.7 per cent of UniSA graduates. The University of Adelaide also leads the national average which is 81.3 per cent.

The figures involved first-degree Australian graduates available for full-time work in 2001. The study used a total of 373 University of Adelaide students, 386 from Flinders and 1107 from UniSA.

The University of Adelaide also leads in earnings with an average salary of $36,200 compared to Flinders' $35,300 and UniSA $35,000.

The highest salary is in dentistry ($50,700) and the lowest is in the area of Visual/Performing Arts ($23,800).

"This is encouraging and clearly shows our students are being appropriately guided and prepared for their careers," said Professor James McWha, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.


Table 1: South Australian university breakdown for obtaining jobs
Table 2: Salaries for disciplines


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