Computer science has the worst employment rate for any broad class of (bachelor) degrees in the UK – and seems to have been in that place for some time.
But what happens a few years after they graduate … well the news is not so great, though the figures do indicate that the vast majority of graduates get jobs … some sort of job anyway … four years or so after they graduate.
By the winter of 2010/11, of all graduates from full-time courses in that year, just 3.8% were unemployed. But for computer science graduates the figure was a much higher 5.1%. Interestingly, the survey also shows just 3.7% of computer scientists remained (or were back) in full-time further study – compared to an average of 8.2% for all graduates.
It’s not all bad news, 81.5% of computer science graduates were in full time employment four years on from their degree, compared to just 73.2% of all graduates. For maths graduates the figure is 73.1% and for physical science graduates it is just 66.0% – though a whopping 19.8% of them are in full-time education.
What is not clear is whether the physical scientists are in education because they love their subject and want to do more, or because they have nothing else to do.
The high employment rate of computer scientists may also be because they (we assume)are more likely to be male and so not breaking their career to have children – there is not enough data here to say.
- Nasty computer scientists (cartesianproduct.wordpress.com)
- Computer science: the worst degree? (cartesianproduct.wordpress.com)
- UK graduate unemployment ‘rising’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Quarter of graduates without full-time jobs after three years (telegraph.co.uk)
- More than one in four graduates ‘fail to find work’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Computational science/computational marketing (customerthink.com)
- How likely are you to be employed? By university and course (guardian.co.uk)
- Back when women were over a third of computer scientists (computinged.wordpress.com)
- Engineering graduates choosing to work in other sectors (telegraph.co.uk)
- College Grads: Good Luck Finding a Job in Finance (blogs.wsj.com)
- Seek work abroad, advise top scientists (guardian.co.uk)
- Science graduates ‘should move abroad’ (telegraph.co.uk)