by Laura Varley on November 25, 2013

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Media studies degree holds second highest employment rate in the UK

Media studies graduates should have no problem finding a job as a new report shows it’s the second most employable degree after medicine. 

According to managementtoday.co.uk, those with a media studies degree are more likely to be employed than those who studied technology, agricultural sciences and architecture, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed.

Despite this, media studies graduates have the lowest average wage and earn around £25,000 less annually than those with medicine or dentistry degrees, reports cityam.com. On average, those with media studies degrees earn around £21,000 a year. 

However, the figures also showed that simply having a degree can provide a big boost to someone’s paycheck. Typically, graduates in their late 30s can expect to be earning around £35,000 a year whereas those with just A level qualifications will likely earn around £22,000. Furthermore, those with only GCSEs tend to earn around £19,000 a year on average when they reach their 30s.

Male graduates are more likely to be in highly skilled jobs compared to their female counterparts. In addition, men earn on average £3 an hour more than women do.

The number of those choosing to take a degree is slowly rising too, as the report claims there were 12 million graduates in the UK this year.