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Graduate jobs: top 12 degree subjects for getting a job in the UK

This is list of top 12 courses in the UK that can land you a job quickly after graduation as compiled by the Telegraph,UK .

12. Business & administrative studies

Turns out you don't need need to win The Apprentice to forge a career in the City - for 85 per cent of graduates, a business degree did just as well (or better, in the case of some of Lord Sugar's winners).

11. Architecture, building and planning

"The skies of London are busy with cranes that froze or disappeared in 2008," according to Mayor of London and Telegraph columnist Boris Johnson. And here's more good news for architecture students - 85.2 per cent had found jobs or further study within six months of graduation

10. Historical & philosophical studies

A perhaps surprising inclusion in the top 10 is historical and philosophical studies graduates, 85.4 per cent of whom had landed jobs or further studies within six months of finishing their degrees. However, that's down from 90 per cent the previous year - a golden era for historians, seemingly.

They still beat students of subjects which failed to make the list including physics and computer science.

9. Engineering

Experts everywhere have been making robust predictions for the growth of "Stem" jobs (science, technology, engineering and maths) - and so far they don't seem to be wrong. Engineering graduates performed well in the job market last year, with 85.4 per cent landing either a job or further education within six months. 
8. Languages

Much as we Brits hate to admit it, the ability to speak another language is a highly sought-after skill in the job market these days – and 86 per cent of 2011/12 language graduates have the jobs to prove it.

7. Mathematical sciences

Mathematicians are clearly in demand – 86.5 per cent had landed jobs or further education positions within 6 months of 2011/12 graduation. Let's just hope their skills are being employed to better effect than tweaking Libor rates or inventing impossibly complex financial derivatives.
6. Biological sciences

Studying biological sciences isn't all about field trips chasing elephants around the savannahs. Some 87.1 per cent of recent graduates have walked into jobs or more studies, with biotech and other related industries currently booming. 

5. Law

If there's one degree choice which has always been seen as a near-guarantee of well-paid employment it has to be law. That appears as true today as ever, with 88.6 per cent of 2011/12's law graduates finding themselves work or study - although it is worth noting that around half of these went into some form of further study.
4. Subjects allied to medicine

This broad category encompasses degrees such as biomedical science and neurology. Across the spectrum an impressive 91.8 per cent of students were able to quickly find work.

3. Veterinary science

Treated as a separate subject from medicine and dentistry by the bods at HESA this year, veterinary science still holds its own in the employment stakes, with 91.9 per cent in either work or study six months after graduation.

In fact, purely in terms of employment it ranks second, with 85 per cent of grads finding work immediately in the UK, and another 3 per cent finding employment overseas.

2. Education

Whatever you think of Michael Gove's reforms, this statistic seems to show how much we still need teachers – 92.6 per cent of all those leaving university with degrees relating to education picked up work or further study right away.

Some 15 per cent were in either part- or full-time study, and just one per cent were working overseas.

1. Medicine & dentistry

A predictable number one, but the margin is still remarkable. A massive 99.4 per cent of all students graduating in medicine or dentistry landed themselves jobs or further study within six months of graduating. 92 per cent went straight into work in the UK.

Surprisingly, relatively few of these new doctors found their jobs in Australia: just 15 of the 7,095 graduates who replied to the survey were working abroad - exactly the same number as were unemployed.


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