Degree Holders Lead at the Top of the Career Tree

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 12:00 AM

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Chart 2: Proportion of people in careers by university group, plus for non-graduates

This chart shows the nine LFS career categories that graduates of different university groups and non-graduates end up in.

Non-graduates work across the categories

Non-graduates are pretty equally distributed among all of the career categories, including 17% working in the first two categories - Professional Occupations or as Managers, Directors or Senior Officials.

Elite universities are a gateway to the highly-paid professions

73% of global top 25 graduates are working in the first two career categories as Professional Occupations or as Managers, Directors or Senior Officials. This is compared to 54% of graduates of Million + institutions.  In all, 60% of UK university graduates are working in these top two career categories.

Degrees clearly lead at the top of the career tree

Only 10% of global top 25 graduates are working in the bottom six career categories (out of nine in total). 21% of all UK university graduates are working in the bottom six categories, compared to 72% of non-graduates.  So it can be argued that a degree from any higher education institution is associated with a highly-skilled career.

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