Revealed: Top 10 best paid graduate jobs


Choosing which degree to study is a huge decision especially as the course will often lead to a lifelong career. In a bid to shed some light on the options available, The Telegraph has revealed the top paying graduate roles in the UK.

With many students attracted to jobs by the earning potential available, this can be a key factor in the decision process.

  1. Civil Engineering - £44,851

This role will typically call for a civil engineering degree or even a postgraduate qualification in the field. Many career development opportunities also exist in this field.

  1. Engineering - £42,837

This sector spans a number of engineering specialisms, including product creation and military engineering. An engineering degree is the minimum qualification required to join this industry, while many students opt to focus on one particular part of the sector.

  1. Accountant - £42,404

In charge of balancing the books and managing income and costs, accountants can be found in all sectors. However, a graduate must have an accounting specific degree, or a recognised accounting qualification in order to apply for this sector.

  1. Computer Scientist - £41,950

Involving all things digital, a finely tuned technical degree will open the doors for any computer science hopeful. Due to the diverse range of work carried out in the sector, graduates will often have plenty of different career options.

  1. Economist - £41,144

An economics degree complete with a numerical outlook and an analytical eye are the keys to getting into this industry.

  1. Finance Manager - £40,908

Producing reports, direct investments and development strategies, finance managers are pretty well paid! The sector also opens doors across the financial spectrum, so graduates are not restricted in what they can do in the future.

  1. Architect - £40,788

Responsible for planning and designing buildings, as well as overseeing their construction, this is a highly technical field that requires plenty of training. Some professional qualifications can take up to a decade to complete!

  1. Scientist - £40,409

A specialist science degree in the relevant subject along with numerical capabilities are extremely important to be successful in the science sector.

  1. Mathematician - £39,109

Whether this is for a role in the business world or commercial sector, a relevant degree is vital. This is another role that has near-endless opportunities given the demand for the skills that mathematicians need to possess.

  1. Mechanical Engineer - £39,106

Designing power-producing machines, graduates looking to get into this industry will require a mechanical engineering degree as a bare minimum.

If you're interested in a career in any of the above sectors, speak to Discovery Graduates today.

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