New den­tists still the top earn­ers

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DEN­TISTRY grad­u­ates get the high­est start­ing salaries, ac­cord­ing to the latest Aus­tralian Grad­u­ate Sur­vey. The top three po­si­tions in start­ing salaries have been oc­cu­pied by den­tistry, op­tom­e­try and medicine for the past five years. The next few ranks for start­ing salaries be­long to grad­u­ates in earth sci­ences, en­gi­neer­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, math­e­mat­ics, law, so­cial work, and com­puter sci­ences. So­cial sci­ences, hu­man­i­ties and art and de­sign are in the bot­tom rungs.

The me­dian start­ing salary for grad­u­ates un­der 25 was $43,000 in 2007— but den­tistry in pro­fes­sional prac­tice $74,000, op­tom­e­try $60,000, medicine $52,000, so­cial sci­ences $36,000, hu­man­i­ties $35,000, and art and de­sign in pro­fes­sional prac­tice $29,400. About 84.5 per cent of grad­u­ates were in full-time em­ploy­ment within four months of com­pet­ing their de­grees in 2007, the sur­vey shows. This fig­ure was 82.4 per cent a year ago.

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