The Top 10 Subjects To Study If You Want To Get A Job After You Graduate

02/09/2015 15:00 | Updated 02 September 2015

If you're considering spending an eye-watering £9,000 a year on your university education, then you're definitely going to want some reassurance you can get a job afterwards.

So we breathed a sigh of relief when The Complete University Guide released its countdown of the top 10 subjects for graduate employability, which measured the percentage of graduates in full-time professional level employment six months after leaving university, according to 2013-14 HESA figures.

  • 10) Land and Property Management
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    For keen geographers and some architects-to-be, look no further. This degree teaches you to ponder how quality of life is influenced and impacted by buildings and surrounding green areas – it is almost your urbanization A level course in more detail. With questions of creating, managing and enhancing the aesthetic and environmental make-up of where we live, graduates of these courses (extremely popular at universities such as Nottingham) can hope to secure jobs as surveyors (rural or residential); estate agents and many more. The best thing? A 76% graduation employability rate.
  • 9) Aural and Oral Sciences
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    Studying speech and hearing will allow you to learn both about how humans talk and listen, but also the problems with both activities and how they can be treated. These courses can vary, with a range of speech or language therapy jobs ready to be taken, while audiology is another possible career destination. Nearly eight in ten graduates find employment from these degrees.
  • 8) Pharmacology and Pharmacy
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    A course in this subject will teach scientists and pharmacologists about how drugs are made and what impact they have on cells in the body – in addition to the scientific reasoning and techniques for their distribution. With a graduate employability rate of 76%, such courses prepare students not only for the usual pharmacologist and pharmacist jobs; careers in science writing, medical sales and even secondary school teaching are available among many more.
  • 7) Opthalmics
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    A word which refers to anything to ‘to do with’ the eye, ophthalmic studies start by studying the eye scientifically, in addition to learning about the diseases and issues it can cause or experience. In fact, optometry courses look at the examination, diagnosis and treatments of the eye. Beware: Orthopotics looks at treating the eye using therapeutic exercises, so when looking at either type of course you need to know which one you are considering. Opthalmic students will have 85% graduate job prospects.
  • 6) Physiotherapy
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    With just under nine in ten Physiotherapy students gaining jobs either in the private or public sector (NHS), these courses will teach you to treat diseases, injuries or illnesses using physical cures such as heat treatment, massage or healthy exercise. Drug treatment is sometimes offered in these subject degrees. Private companies such as football clubs often employ students from such courses.
  • 5) Medical Technology
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    These courses, which include the study, use and development of medical instruments used to identify and treat human diseases and disorders, can prepare students for jobs such as Radiography or the field of mortuary technology – ‘after death sciences’ if you will.
  • 4) Veterinary Medicine
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    For all those interested in animal health, a course in Veterinary Medicine has a ninety-one per cent graduate employability rate. This degree teaches you the structures of healthy animals, in addition to the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. So if you want to learn how to control a dog disease and are looking for vocational study, clinical placements throughout the course will prepare you for a variety of veterinary practices – from general to specialist fields like equine or the inhabitants on animal farm.
  • 3) Nursing
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    Learning how to care for sick and disabled people, a nursing degree will equip you with all the skills required to become an adult or mental health nurse – even for midwifery. A highly vocational course in which you get practice in the practical side through clinical placements, nursing has an incredible ninety-three per cent employability rate for its graduates.
  • 2) Medicine
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    Medicine is not for the light-hearted – or the impractical soul. This highly vocational (yet also theoretical) degree occurs over five years in order to teach graduates practical and clinical capabilities – plus medical doctor practice. And the extra training after the course may seem a catch for some of us, but it’ll prepare just under all graduates with a secure and well-paid position. After all, there is a nursing crisis in the UK, so the government and NHS literally want you now!
  • 1) Dentistry
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    While some of us shriek at the sight of a dentist’s dangerous tools, a degree in dentistry will prepare you for life (and work) on the other side. The Bachelor of Dental Surgery is highly sought-after in the private and public dental practice sectors, and such a specific career path allows this degree to be very vocational indeed. University facilities in UK are used to teach you the basic skills required before you’re allowed to try your hands in a job almost always straight after… A ninety-three per cent graduate prospect score for dentistry is sure to give you all hopes of brushing and bettering someone’s teeth.
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