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The top 5 careers for bachelor’s degree graduates

As a student, there is a lot to think about, notably what you’ll study. We can help. We’ve got a round-up of the top five career paths you can take after a bachelor’s degree.

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Charting a study path can involve several variables. Firstly, you’ll need to be interested in the subject that you intend to study. Secondly, you’ll want to evaluate the type of degree that suits you. Then there is what you want your post-study life to look like and where you want to work. Perhaps you think that you’ll need a postgraduate degree to secure the job you’re looking for. This isn’t always the case. We explore the top five jobs and careers that you could do with a bachelor’s degree.


Finance management


One of the more popular undergraduate degree choices is in business, finance, and management. A Bachelor of Commerce or BSc degree in economics, business management, financial management, and statistics are all good springboards into the world of business and wealth management. An undergraduate degree in one of these subject areas can mean a good starting salary between GBP 25,000 and GBP 30,000 per year.


There are also other specialist areas you could pursue that can lead to a career in finance management. Two of the most prominent are undergraduate degrees in accounting and actuarial science. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting can see you working for management consultancies, banks, accounting and auditing firms, and in the public sector. Although there can be additional certification requirements to practice as an accountant, a bachelor’s degree gets you through the door.


Being an actuary is all about calculating risk and probability. These skills can be deployed in the insurance industry, banking, and wealth management, to name a few. Qualified actuaries do command above-average starting salaries, between GBP 30,000 and GBP 32,000 per year. If you’re thinking about studying in one of these areas, the good news is that graduates from such degrees have an over 80 per cent employment rate.


Civil engineering 


Engineering graduates continue to be in demand globally. This demand isn’t surprising due to the multitude of infrastructure projects and developments in many economies. These projects require expertise, with civil engineering topping the list of specialisations in the field. Studying a BEng or BSc in civil engineering offers good job prospects.


Australia and New Zealand both have civil engineers listed as priority skills shortages. In addition, Canada has the profession listed as part of its federal skilled worker eligibility programme. Some of the roles that civil engineers can full include:


  • Consultant engineer
  • Engineering project manager
  • Site manager
  • Structural engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Surveyor


There is also work in numerous sectors including, construction, urban planning, government, telecommunications, and energy production. Starting salaries vary from country to country, but you can expect to earn between GBP 28,000 and GBP 34,000 per year. Employment rates for civil engineering graduates are positive with figures showing a rate of just over 85 per cent.


Find out more about what to expect when you study engineering


Information technology management


Growth in the technology sector continues to be exponential, with companies and businesses on the lookout for the necessary information technology management skills. To qualify to work in IT you will need to study for a bachelor’s degree in a related field. These specialisations include:


  • Information systems
  • Software engineering
  • Computer science
  • Information science
  • Application engineering
  • Network engineering
  • Systems and network administration
  • Cybersecurity


A BSc or BEng qualification in one of these subjects is a way to launch a career in the industry.


Potential employers in the field include business, government, the charity sector, IT consultancy, higher education, healthcare, retail, engineering firms, and telecommunications. Several countries also have professional IT skills listed on their scarce skills list. Countries include New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the UK.  


Your starting salary will depend on your area of specialisation. For example, software engineers earn between GBP 27,000 and GBP 32,000 starting, while network engineers and managers can expect to start at about GBP 28,000.


Discover more about studying information technology and the best universities for computer science.  


Business and data analytics


As technology develops and an increased volume of data is produced, the need for professionals to interpret, analyse, and understand this data. This is where the field of business and data analytics comes into its one. Pursuing a BSc degree in economics, statistics, data science, mathematics or business management are all viable academic paths to work in the area.


Possessing the technical skills to work with large data sets is a skill valued by potential employers. They’re looking for people who can assess risk, identify trends, and make calculated predictions. As a data or business analyst, you could work in:


  • Academia
  • Public sector
  • Financial management
  • Retail
  • Insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Information technology
  • NGOs


Starting salaries for work as a business analyst and data scientist average between GBP 25,000 and GBP 28,000. However, it is also important to consider the potential for career growth and development, which can lead to higher salaries with experience.


Why not research some of the universities offering data science qualifications?


Marketing management


Rounding up our list of top careers for bachelor’s degree graduates is marketing management. A variety of degrees can open a path into the field of marketing, including from the humanities subjects. If you study towards a qualification in marketing, journalism, advertising, art, business, and communication, you would have the necessary credentials to take on a marketing manager role.


Marketing roles cover a wide variety of sectors, from education to technology. Some positions that may be suitable for a graduate looking to enter the field include:


  • Public relations executive
  • Digital marketing executive
  • Digital copywriter
  • Communications officer
  • Advertising account manager
  • Social media manager
  • Performance marketing executive
  • Media planner
  • Product manager


Salaries will vary considerably depending on the industry, location, and role. However, working in marketing does offer scope for regular career progression and development.


There you have it. The top five careers for graduates with a bachelor’s degree. If you’re interested in learning more about potential careers, read our guide to matching your study path with your careerfive jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago, and five of the best degrees for the future.

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