Careers for University GraduatesTuesday, September 6, 2016 12:00 AM
Chart 3 is a simplified version of chart 2. It shows percentages of graduates vs non-graduates in each of the nine LFS career headings.
It is interesting to note that just over 60% of the people in the top group (Managers, Directors and Senior Officials) and a similar percentage in the third group (Associate Professionals and Technical Occupations) do not have a degree. This could be explained by the fact that the Managers, Directors and Senior Officials category includes people who are Directors of one person or very small businesses such as builders. Also, the proportion of the population that attends university has increased over time, which means that older people are less likely to have gone to university than young people are. As the graph does not control for age, the top group might have more older people than in the other groups.
Non-graduates make up the majority of eight out of the nine career categories, and represent 78% - 95% of the workers in the last six categories.
The only career category where graduates make up the majority is in Professional Occupations.