Sci­ence grads have best em­ploy­ment prospects

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHAO XINYING zhaoxiny­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A white pa­per re­leased on Thurs­day said that Chi­nese col­lege stu­dents who ma­jor in the sciences have bet­ter prospects for quick em­ploy­ment and a higher in­come af­ter grad­u­a­tion than stu­dents ma­jor­ing in the arts.

Among the top 50 most em­ploy­able ma­jors in 2012, 41 — 82 per­cent — were in the sciences, in­clud­ing clin­i­cal medicine, nurs­ing and phar­macy. And the top 17 were all in the sciences, the pa-per said.

Wa­ter-sup­ply and sewerage in­fra­struc­ture was ranked first, with 97.5 per­cent of grad­u­ates in this spe­cialty likely to find a job within grad­u­a­tion.

The Ja­panese lan­guage came in last among the top 50, al­though still with a rel­a­tively quick em­ploy­ment rate of 92.4 per­cent. Ja­panese is clas­si­fied in the arts.

The white pa­per was jointly re­leased by three or­ga­ni­za­tions — MyCOS Re­search In­sti­tute, which con­ducts re­search on press­ing is­sues in China’s higher ed­u­ca­tion, Tomorrow Ad­vanc­ing Life, an ed­u­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy group in China and learn­ing.sohu.com.

It was the first white pa­per on China’s ba­sic sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion, and was based on 107,461 ques­tion­naires.

As for money, the pa­per

six months of found 39 sci­ence ma­jors in the top 50 high­est in­come prospects in 2012.

Grad­u­ates in ar­chi­tec­ture earned the most money, with an av­er­age monthly in­come of 4,453 yuan ($733), while grad­u­ates in hu­man re­source man­age­ment — from the arts field — earned the least of the top 50, with an av­er­age monthly salary of 3,374 yuan.

Luo Zen­gru, a math­e­mat­ics pro­fes­sor at Shaanxi Nor­mal Univer­sity, said the pos­i­tive em­ploy­ment out­look for grad­u­ates in the sciences arises from a long-term em­pha­sis placed on those skills by the gov­ern­ment.

“The Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China has been a sci­ence­ori­ented coun­try since it was founded in 1949, and sci­ence is al­ways of great im­por­tance to the de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try — dur­ing the pe­riod of so­cial­ist con­struc­tion, through ear­lier re­form pe­ri­ods and at present,” said Luo, who has been learn­ing and teach­ing math­e­mat­ics for decades.

He said that more jobs in the sciences, and more money, are the norm.

See­ing bet­ter em­ploy­ment and in­come prospects, many Chi­nese high school stu­dents chose a sci­ence track in high school when pre­sented with a choice be­tween sci­ence and arts.

For sci­ence, they are re­quired to study math, physics, chem­istry and biology, as well as Chi­nese lan­guage and English.

The white pa­per pointed to a long prac­tice in China un­der which far more stu­dents chose the sci­ence track in high school. Th­ese stu­dents usu­ally con­tinue to fol­low that same course in col­lege, it said.

Liao Ping, sube­d­i­tor of Math, physics and chem­istry of Se­nior High School, a mag­a­zine un­der Bei­jing Nor­mal Univer­sity for high school teach­ers and stu­dents, said the phe­nom­e­non was un­der­stand­able, con­sid­er­ing that there were more ma­jors in sciences of­fered by col­leges, which have re­cruited an in­creas­ing num­ber of stu­dents each year.

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