Research by EngineeringUK suggests that engineering and technology graduates are highly employable, with 94.3% in work three years after graduating and 74% working in the engineering and technology fields.
The paper, “Where do engineering graduates go?” finds that the median salary for engineering and technology graduates three years after completing their studies is £28,000, with only medicine, dentistry and veterinary science earning more.
The study also shows that at surprisingly high 74% of engineering and technology graduates go into in engineering and technology related occupations.
One third of engineering and technology applications in 2007/08 were from non UK domiciled students, up five percentage points since 2001/02, double the proportion of overseas applicants across all subjects, with the average being 15%.
At higher degree level, only 27.2% of engineering and technology students are UK domiciled compared to 44.9% across all subjects.
Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, Paul Jackson, said: “Whilst numbers of engineering graduates continue to increase due to strong employability and salary levels, there remains a rising trend in overseas engineering applications compared to home students.The implications for UK the business and education systems are as yet undetermined but we must work together to investigate this trend and its potential effect on the UK’s technological competitiveness. We need to make sure we create a sustainable UK engineering workforce, as well as a strong international one.”