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Degree Subjects by Employability

Talent Trends

As we approach the start of a new academic year, we had a look at which university subjects are the most sought after among employers. We analysed successful and unsuccessful applications by university and then ranked the top 10 subjects from most successful to least successful. These were the results:

graph showing university subjects by successful applications

The results

There is a mix of humanities and sciences in the top 10, with degrees of different types evenly spread across the table. Top of the table was French – perhaps not the degree you would guess!
There are some notable absences from the list, like Mathematics and Economics, which you might expect to be one of the more employable degree subjects. Additionally, it’s interesting to note that newer and more vocational subjects also did not make it into the top 10, with degrees like Marketing, Journalism and Media Studies failing to make the list.

So what?

Similar degrees are not grouped together in our rankings, showing that maybe the subject you study is less important than other aspects of your application. For example, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry are similar degrees, but rank at 2nd and 8th respectively making them quite far apart on the table!
The humanities just edged ahead of the sciences in their popularity with employers: there are 6 humanities subjects and 4 science subjects in the top 10. But this is still a relatively even balance, showing that each provide graduates with skills that are sought after by employers.

What’s got us talking this week

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Other news

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So, it’s a really neat way to streamline how you work with us and save money as well. If you’re interested or would like to find out more, just get in touch with your Campaign Manager.


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