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Which Degrees Have the Best and Worst Employment Out of School?

8 SEP 2014
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Which Degrees Have the Best and Worst Employment

The Huffington Post recently published results for the best and worst degrees for finding a job in Canada. The results for the best degrees are hardly surprising—medicine, optometry and therapy/rehabilitation graduates had a 100% employment rate six months out of university. Dentistry, forestry and veterinary graduates were not far behind.

Worst degrees went to, not surprisingly, the arts and humanities. Only 86% of humanities graduates had a job six months after graduation. The lowest spot on the list however is a surprise. Only 82.2% of agricultural and biological sciences graduates find employment six months after school.

The lack of agricultural science jobs may come with the recent cuts to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where about 100 employees—mostly in the science and technology branches—were laid off spring 2013. These cuts were applied to 79 scientists, 29 engineers and 14 biologists, meaning scientific progress will likely be halted or largely scaled back in this sector. Another 700 employees have been given warnings that their services may soon no longer be necessary. Job loss in agricultural sciences is a direct result of government budget cuts in the wake of the recent recession, and a poor understanding of the role agricultural researchers play in Canadian food production.

Despite the best and worst degree choices for money-making, the value of a university degree still holds, with the majority of graduates obtaining a job only a few months out of school.

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