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Plotting a course for success

Ever wonder if you chose the right degree? Or if there's a job at the end of it for you? Let us put some of those fears to rest for you.


Wondering whether your degree will actually land you the job you want is a common existential crisis for a lot of university students.

Even if you’re studying something with a fairly direct vocational focus, like medicine, you might still find yourself wondering, at some point, whether it will get you where you plan to go.

And even if you do get the job you want, will the income be what you expect? And what if you realise you’re not happy there after all?

If just reading those last two paragraphs triggered some kind of trauma response, fear not, because you’ll be pleased to know that graduates from the University of Tasmania fare really well upon entering the workforce.

In fact, in some areas, graduates from the University of Tasmania fare much better than the national average in their study area. So, simply by choosing to study with us, you may have already given yourself a significant advantage.

Top 3 study areas most likely to result in full-time employment*


In terms of job security, a degree in pharmacy is about as close to a guarantee as you can get. In a survey of graduates last year, 100% of our pharmacy students had landed a full-time job after graduating. The success rate for University of Tasmania graduates is higher than the national average of 93.5%.


Studying medicine gives you a pretty good chance of gaining full-time work as well. 94.3% of graduates from our Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours and Bachelor of Health Science/Medical Radiation Science degrees found full-time jobs.

Teacher Education

Studying a degree in education, like a Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Teaching, gives you an 83.6% chance of getting a full time job after graduation. Graduates nationally have a 78.6% success rate.

Honourable mentions

77.8% of those who study a course in communications (such as Bachelor of Media or Diploma of Family History) at the University of Tasmania find full time employment. That alone is pretty respectable but when you consider the national average is only 54.2%, our communications students seem to fare much better than those from other universities.

Nurses are always in demand and 77.5% of graduates from our nursing courses (including Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Dementia Care and Diploma of Dementia Care) are snapped up into full time work. The national average is 65.8%, which is a glowing endorsement for the reputation of our courses and our graduates.

Top 3 study areas for median salary*

Health Services and Support

The median salary for someone with a qualification in this area is $89,200. This includes courses like Bachelor of Paramedic Practice, Bachelor of Health and Community Care, Bachelor of Nursing with Professional Honours, and the Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Arts and Health.

With a national average salary of $65,700, this means our graduates are at a significant income advantage in this sector, compared to those from other universities.

Law and Paralegal Studies

Our law and paralegal graduates have a median salary of $82,000, which is $15,000 ahead of the national median for courses like Bachelor of Laws or Diploma of Paralegal Practice.

Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences

Don’t let anyone belittle your arts degree ever again. Our graduates in courses like Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Philosophy and Diploma of Applied Design have a median income of $80,900. This makes it the third-highest-earning area of study for University of Tasmania graduates, who earn $19,400 more than the national median in this area.

Honourable mentions

Communications courses, like Bachelor of Media and Diploma of Family History, command a median salary of $78,200, which is significantly higher than the national median of $55,100 and great news for our graduates.

And our medicine graduates have a median salary of $73,100.

Top 3 study areas for course satisfaction*


A whopping 93.2% of Bachelor of Media and Diploma of Family History graduates from the University of Tasmania reported they were satisfied with their courses. The national average for satisfaction with communications courses is just 77.8%.

According to our students, our communications courses are an excellent way to learn better research methods and to understand diverse perspectives, and the online delivery options are a big advantage.


91.7% of our pharmacy graduates were satisfied with their course, ahead of the national average of 84.2%. This includes courses like the Bachelor of Pharmacy, and Bachelor of Medicines Management with Professional Honours in Complementary Medicine.

Our pharmacy graduates say the best aspects of studying with the University of Tasmania include the knowledgeable staff, flexibility of study options, smaller class sizes, and high standards for assessment, content and structure.


Our medical students also rate their study experience very highly, with 89.5% saying they were satisfied with their course, compared with the national average of 79.4%.

Graduates from our Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours, Bachelor of Health Science/Medical Radiation Science, and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees speak very highly of their experience at the University of Tasmania.

In particular, they praise the high level of hands-on clinical experience, close relationship between the University and hospitals, and feeling confident that they are well prepared for their chosen career by the time they graduate.

Honourable mentions

Science and Maths graduates rate their study experience very highly, with 83.6% being satisfied with their course. Agricultural and Environmental Studies graduates reported a 78.5% satisfaction rate.

Want to know more about our courses? Take a look here and see what we have to offer.

*2021 Graduate Outcomes Survey, UTAS results only