Earnings After Study Infrographic

February 5th 2013 at 1:23pm, By Dave Guerin

I’ve been playing with the MOE’s recent graduate earnings data and some new infographic software. I have no idea if the graphic will show up on emails (for those getting them) but if it doesn’t, just click through to the website.

What I’ve done is select a few narrow fields of study and compare the median earnings of bachelors graduates 1, 2 and 5 years after study. Civil engineers do pretty well, as do teachers – although the latter start off at a high salary and then have low growth. Performing arts grads fare poorly in post-study earnings, but they probably don’t expect to earn a lot when they’re choosing their course. I do wonder whether graphic and design studies graduates might have higher earnings expectations than they actually achieve.

Feel free to share any thoughts on the infographic – this was really just a test of the software. I’m keen to do a bit more with infographics in the future, but there will be a learning curve (I also recognise this is more of a simple bar chart than an infographic, but the software can do a lot more).


3 Responses to Earnings After Study Infrographic



February 7th, 2013 at 11:03 am

I thought there were a lot of flaws with the graduate earnings tool. For example, in some fields the employment rate looks incredibly low because it doesn’t take into account those who are in further study.


Dave Guerin

February 7th, 2013 at 11:05 am

The original report did report both elements in one table, so it may have been wider reporting that was the problem.



February 7th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

The data in the table that you have taken the graph from only includes the salaries of students not engaged in further study (at least, that is what a quick look suggests). This is very problematic for professions where it is usual for new grads to undertake further study for professional acceditation. There is a further issue about how the tool decides which field of study a student’s degree is in – they have not used that reported by the institutions.

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