Do humanities graduates have the same job prospects as science graduates?

The claim

The Federal Government’s “job-ready graduates” package has come under fire for building unfairness into university student fees.

From 2021, new science students will while fees for many humanities and social science courses will double.

Education Minister Dan Tehan the legislated changes would “incentivise students to make more job-relevant choices”.

However, Margaret Gardner, chair of the Group of Eight research universities, the policy ignored the evidence on which degrees actually lead to employment.

“People who do humanities degrees and social science degrees get jobs at about exactly the same rate as science graduates,” she said.

Is she correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

The verdict

Professor Gardner’s claim is a fair call.

Employment rates, covering either full-time or part-time work, for humanities and social science graduates are roughly the same as those for science graduates.

Census data for 25-34 year-olds with a bachelor degree shows that 94.7 per cent

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Funding the Quiet Good: Gifts that Support the Humanities and Social Sciences | BU Today

Of the $42 billion the federal government spends on research and development each year, less than 5 percent ($1.9 billion) goes to social and behavioral science research. Photos courtesy of iStock, Unsplash, and Wikimedia


They’re often small, but they change the world in big ways

  • Under 5 percent of the federal government’s R&D $42 billion goes to social and behavioral science research
  • In 2018, the Consortium of Social Science Associations ranked BU 9th of 530 colleges and universities in social science funding
  • Social scientists have helped Americans save for retirement, stem the spread of Ebola, and identified environmental factors contributing to obesity

When Jack Dorsey, the cofounder and CEO of Twitter and Square, donated $10 million to Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research in mid-August, the gift was remarkable in the world of philanthropy for two reasons: the speed with which it arrived—only six weeks after the BU center

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