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THE UK: Career Prospects

Top graduate careers in the UK

The UK has so much to offer students during their time at university and beyond. We take a look at the top UK graduate careers and salaries.

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The UK is a popular destination for those looking to study abroad. International students from all over the world look to its great universities, exciting cities and diverse society. Many of these students choose to stay in the country after graduating and make use of the many career paths available.  


A UK post study visa allows you to stay for an additional two years in order to find work, but career options are there in the UK? Take a look at some of the top graduate careers available and the salary you could earn. 




The UK is one of the top destinations for international students wanting to study law. This is because the country has some of the best law schools and provides students with the opportunity to pursue a career in law once they’ve graduated. In the last 10 years, the number of international students studying law in the UK has more than doubled. 


The field of law works a little differently in the UK compared to other countries. After graduating with a law degree, many students go on to become lawyers. This is one of the most common paths in law that graduates take. 


Including your three year course, it can take around seven years to become a fully qualified lawyer. However, this is just one option for you if you decide to study law. “A law degree is a great qualification to start your career with, and our law courses have been designed to provide you with the transferable skills you need to succeed.” The University of Law.


This career has a high earning potential with new lawyers earning from GBP 28,000 per year (USD 33,200) to GBP 61,000 (USD 72,300) according to Prospects, a UK-based website that helps people find the right career for them. 




Nurses make up about fifty per cent of all healthcare workers, and the UK is no exception to this. Students from all over the world come to the UK to study nursing and start a career in this field. 


Having a nursing degree often puts you in high demand, with around 87 per cent of nursing graduates finding work in the first six months after graduation. This is a secure and rewarding career that can lead onto a number of specialisations including: 


  • Midwifery 

  • Mental Health Nurse 

  • Accident and Emergency Nurse 


Though salaries vary depending on where you work as well as the field you’re in, a nurse can expect to earn at least GBP 25,000 (USD 30,000) in their first year. The United Kingdom is a great place to not only study in this field, but work in it too.  


A nursing student at King’s College London, spoke to Hotcourses Abroad about what life as a Mental Health Nursing student in the city is really like. 


Engineer in renewable energy 


The UK has some of the best engineering universities and can be a great place for newly qualified engineers to start their career. One of the fastest growing fields of engineering is in renewable energy.  


This small island is one of the world leaders in energy produced by offshore wind, thanks to its investment in the industry and its geographical location. Engineers working in this field can expect a successful career with a lot of potential, as this industry only continues to grow. 


Those that want to work in this field will be happy to hear that there are a great number of institutions in the UK offering environmental engineering courses. The University of Strathclyde, in Scotland, has offered this course to domestic and international students for a number of years. 



There are several pathways in this career field and though in some areas a postgraduate degree is ideal, many businesses accept undergraduate degrees in a related field. Energy engineers can make up to GBP 50,000 (USD 60,000) with experience. 




The world of accounting isn’t for everyone and there are certain characteristics or traits that you’ll need to become one. However, if you think that this career path is for you, the UK might be the ideal place to start your journey. 


It has a lot to offer those wanting to study accounting but even more for those looking to step into a career in this field post-graduation. Accountants are in high demand as they are needed in many industries and different types of businesses.  


Accountants often handle very sensitive information on behalf of a business and there can often be a lot of pressure, especially when dealing with large amounts of money. It’s for this reason that accountants are compensated accordingly.  


For example, a Management Accountant in the UK looks after a specific business's finances and finds ways in which they can cut costs. By doing so, they are able to increase the overall profit of the business, a skill that is highly valuable. Experienced individuals in this field can expect to earn up to GBP 55,000 (USD 65,300), according to National Career Service UK


The UK is a top destination for many international students for good reason. Not only can the student lifestyle there make for a great few years at university but the education you can receive and the potential career this can lead to may be just what you’re looking for. 


These are just a handful of the graduate careers available in the country, as it can offer paths towards any number of jobs in a wide variety of different fields. Find the best course for you in the UK with our course matcher tool

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