Almost nine in 10 graduates from Federation University are employed full time within three years of graduation, according to a new study on graduate outcomes.
The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 found 87.8 per cent of Fed Uni graduates were employed full time in the short to medium term after graduation - up more than 10 per cent since the last survey in 2016.
"Federation University is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in Victoria for graduate employment," said university vice chancellor Professor Helen Bartlett.
"Making sure our graduates have the skills they need to secure a great job is our priority, and it's fantastic to see this reflected in university rankings."
The results were even stronger for post-graduate students, with 91.4 per cent in full time employment three years after graduating, compared to 86.5 per cent in 2016.
Australian Catholic University had a large increase in employment outcomes with 92.4 per cent of undergraduates securing full time work, up from 78.5 per cent in 2016.
Nationally, employment rates were highest for dentistry, medicine, rehabilitation and veterinary science graduates and lowest for those who completed courses in creative arts, tourism, hospitality, personal services, sport and recreation.
The average starting wage was $58,700 a year, rising to $72,800 a year within three years of graduating.
Universities Australia chief Catriona Jackson said the figures indicated a continuing recovery of the jobs market since the global financial crisis.
"To continue to strengthen the Australian economy, to create new jobs and grow new industries, universities are our engines of growth," she said.
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