Graduates who left university this summer with degrees in Engineering may well qualify for the largest pay packets when starting work, according to new research by job search engineAdzuna.
The study, conducted in September 2017, analysed CVs belonging to recent graduates using Adzuna's ValueMyCV algorithm, to reveal which degrees are the most valuable immediately after leaving university.
Students bearing Computer Engineering degrees are destined to in the money and can expect to earn as much as £33,555 when starting out, making this subject the most lucrative degree in the UK. This is followed by Electrical Engineering (£32,781), Finance (£32,159) and Chemical Engineering (£31,880) qualifications, which are also top earners for new graduates.
Forming a clear trend, engineering-related courses dominate the top 10 list of highest paying degrees, with Software Engineering (£30,839), General Engineering (£30,557), Civil Engineering (£30,047) and Mechanical Engineering (£29,958) all also featuring on the list.
Computer Science (£31,698) and Information Technology (£31,162) degrees round off the top-10 UK's most valuable degrees.
Table 1: Top 10 Most Valuable Degrees in UK
Average annual earning potential after graduation
Computer Engineering £33,555
Electrical Engineering £32,781
Chemical Engineering £31,880
Computer Science £31,698
Information Technology £31,162
Software Engineering £30,839
General Engineering £30,557
Civil Engineering £30,047
Mechanical Engineering £29,958