Getting jobs related to their field of study: latest government survey
TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Graduates of Ontario's undergraduate
university programs have higher employment rates and higher incomes
than those with any other level of education, the latest provincial
government survey shows.
More than 92 per cent of 2010 undergrads were employed two years after
graduation, up from 86.5 per cent who had jobs within six months.
The average salary for university graduates in full-time employment was
$49,277 two years after graduation, up from the average $42,668 earned
six months after graduation.
"The most certain path to a well-paying job related to your field of
study is still a university education," says Max Blouw, Chair of the
Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and President of Wilfrid Laurier
University. "No other level of education surpasses a university degree
both in terms of employment rates and income."
The survey, conducted for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities by the independent firm CCI Research Inc., also concluded
that university graduates get jobs related to their education. Two
years after graduation, more than 82 per cent reported being in
employment related to their degree. That's up from 76.4 per cent six
months after leaving university.
"Ontario universities are preparing students for careers in an
ever-changing workplace and are key players in economic success as we
recover from the global recession," says COU President and CEO Bonnie
M. Patterson. "Our graduates have the critical thinking skills and
adaptability employers are looking for in today's fast-paced,
technology-driven economy. They know how to learn and possess the
resilience needed for the long term."
In all, 70,845 students who graduated from undergraduate programs at
Ontario universities in 2010 were surveyed between November 2012 and
March 2013, with 25,583 or 36.1 per cent responding.
Read the survey here.
See our infographic here.
COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in
Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments
to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality
programs for students and advance the research and innovation that
improves the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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