Degree Holders Lead at the Top of the Career TreeTuesday, September 6, 2016 12:00 AM
Chart 2: Proportion of people in careers by university group, plus for non-graduates
This chart shows the nine LFS career categories that graduates of different university groups and non-graduates end up in.
Non-graduates work across the categories
Non-graduates are pretty equally distributed among all of the career categories, including 17% working in the first two categories - Professional Occupations or as Managers, Directors or Senior Officials.
Elite universities are a gateway to the highly-paid professions
73% of global top 25 graduates are working in the first two career categories as Professional Occupations or as Managers, Directors or Senior Officials. This is compared to 54% of graduates of Million + institutions. In all, 60% of UK university graduates are working in these top two career categories.
Degrees clearly lead at the top of the career tree
Only 10% of global top 25 graduates are working in the bottom six career categories (out of nine in total). 21% of all UK university graduates are working in the bottom six categories, compared to 72% of non-graduates. So it can be argued that a degree from any higher education institution is associated with a highly-skilled career.