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How much is your degree worth? – Employment Survey 2013 (Published 2014)

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The Ministry of Education has recently released the results of 2013 Graduate Employment Survey. The lists below are ranked by their gross monthly salaries and employ-ability and can be extremely useful for fresh graduates looking for their first full-time job as well as prospective undergraduates who are deciding on a course or specialization.

It’s no surprise that fresh graduates from law, medicine, business and IT have once again topped the list in terms of gross monthly salaries. On the other hand, fresh graduates from Art, Design & Media, Linguistics, Science, TCM Biomedical Sciences and Nursing ranked the worse.

In addition, while many courses fared well in terms of employ-ability,  Industrial Design, Sociology, Sports Science and Bioengineering ranked the lowest – with employ-ability rates below 60%.

If you’re keen to view the more detailed breakdowns by school, please visit the following links:

  • NUS (63kb .pdf)
  • NTU (62kb .pdf)
  • SMU (60kb .pdf)

By Average Gross Monthly Salaries (in brackets are the 75th-percentile salaries)

  1. SMU Law (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – $5,617 (6,400)
  2. SMU Law (4-years programme) – $5,246 (6,000)
  3. NUS Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) – $5,099 (5,800)
  4. NUS YLL Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – $4,741 (5,200)
  5. NUS Bachelor of Dental Surgery – $4,106 (4,400)
  6. SMU Business Management (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – $3,975 (4,100)
  7. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) – $3,953 (4,000)
  8. SMU Information Systems Management (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – $3,862 (4,000)
  9. SMU Economics (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – $3,820 (4,000)
  10. NTU NBS Accountancy and Business – $3,727 (4,000)
  11. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) – $3,653 (3,970)
  12. SMU Accountancy (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – $3,634 (3,750)
  13. NTU NBS Business and Computing – $3,615 (4,100)
  14. NUS Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) (Hons) – $3,540 (3,750)
  15. NTU Aerospace Engineering – $3,536 (3,816)
  16. SMU Business Management (4-years programme) – $3,520 (3,750)
  17. SMU Economics (4-years programme) – $3,513 (3,800)
  18. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) – $3,512 (3,800)
  19. NTU NIE Arts (with Education) – $3,506 (3,575)
  20. NTU NIE Science (with Education) – $3,478 (3,800)
  21. SMU Information Systems Management (4-years programme) – $3,468 (3,800)
  22. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial and Systems Engineering) – $3,397 (3,800)
  23. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Communications and Media) – $3,377 (3,425)
  24. NTU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – $3,377 (3,800)
  25. NTU Computer Engineering – $3,374 (3,600)
  26. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) – $3,359 (3,644)
  27. SMU Accountancy (4-years programme) – $3,342 (3,430)
  28. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) – $3,334 (3,600)
  29. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) – $3,322 (3,800)
  30. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Electronic Commerce) – $3,320 (3,553)
  31. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) – $3,319 (3,500)
  32. NTU Computer Science – $3,306 (3,600)
  33. SMU Social Sciences (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – $3,267 (3,781)
  34. NTU Mathematical Science – $3,262 (3,500)
  35. NTU Mechanical Engineering – $3,226 (3,500)
  36. NUS Bachelor of Science (Hons) – $3,217 (3,500)
  37. NTU NBS Business (3-yr direct Honours Programme) – $3,214 (3,500)
  38. NUS Bachelor of Social Sciences – $3,210 (3,500)
  39. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) – $3,208 (3,500)
  40. NTU Physics / Applied Physics – $3,208 (3,400)
  41. NTU Information Engineering and Media – $3,203 (3,400)
  42. NTU Electrical and Electronic Engineering – $3,187 (3,440)
  43. NTU Civil Engineering – $3,182 (3,380)
  44. NTU English – $3,179 (3,400)
  45. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Science and Engineering) – $3,169 (3,260)
  46. NTU Bioengineering – $3,166 (3,365)
  47. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – $3,154 (3,500)
  48. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) – $3,154 (3,300)
  49. SMU Social Sciences (4-years programme) – $3,150 (3,320)
  50. NTU Economics – $3,148 (3,545)
  51. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) (Hons) – $3,143 (3,200)
  52. NTU Environmental Engineering – $3,140 (3,300)
  53. NTU Maritime Studies – $3,111 (3,200)
  54. NTU Materials Engineering – $3,096 (3,300)
  55. NTU Chemistry & Biological Chemistry – $3,083 (3,400)
  56. NTU Sociology – $3,082 (3,310)
  57. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Bioengineering) – $3,068 (3,250)
  58. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration – $3,062 (3,370)
  59. NTU Psychology – $3,061 (3,255)
  60. NTU Mathematics & Economics – $3,059 (3,500)
  61. NUS YLL Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons) – $3,042 (3,200)
  62. NUS Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) – $3,025 (3,200)
  63. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) – $3,023 (3,000)
  64. NTU Biological Sciences – $3,002 (3,250)
  65. NUS Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) – $2,988 (3,179)
  66. NTU Sports Science and Management – $2,985 (3,400)
  67. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Science) – $2,960 (3,150)
  68. NTU Communication Studies – $2,956 (3,250)
  69. NTU NBS Accountancy (3-yr direct Honours Programme) – $2,938 (2,900)
  70. NUS Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) – $2,925 (3,255)
  71. NTU Chinese – $2,924 (3,300)
  72. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) – $2,922 (3,018)
  73. NUS Bachelor of Arts – $2,888 (3,080)
  74. NUS YLL Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – $2,886 (3,050)
  75. NTU Biomedical Sciences (Traditional Chinese Medicine) – $2,883 (3,000)
  76. NUS Bachelor of Science – $2,804 (3,000)
  77. NTU Linguistics And Multilingual Studies – $2,725 (3,018)
  78. NTU Art, Design & Media – $2,638 (2,900)

By Permanent Employment Rate (in brackets are the median salaries)

  1. SMU Law (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – 100.0% (5,547)
  2. SMU Law (4-years programme) – 100.0% (5,000)
  3. NUS YLL Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – 100.0% (4,500)
  4. NUS Bachelor of Dental Surgery – 100.0% (4,000)
  5. NTU NIE Arts (with Education) – 100.0% (3,498)
  6. NTU NIE Science (with Education) – 100.0% (3,498)
  7. NUS YLL Bachelor of Science (Nursing) (Hons) – 100.0% (3,025)
  8. NUS Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) – 98.2% (5,000)
  9. NUS YLL Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – 97.5% (2,950)
  10. NUS Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) – 97.3% (2,900)
  11. NUS Bachelor of Science (Project and Facilities Management) – 96.8% (3,000)
  12. NUS Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) (Hons) – 96.4% (3,500)
  13. NTU NBS Accountancy and Business – 96.1% (3,350)
  14. NTU NBS Accountancy (3-yr direct Honours Programme) – 95.7% (2,700)
  15. NTU Aerospace Engineering – 95.3% (3,500)
  16. SMU Accountancy (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – 95.2% (3,000)
  17. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) (Hons) – 94.4% (2,800)
  18. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) – 94.1% (3,050)
  19. SMU Economics (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – 94.0% (3,600)
  20. SMU Business Management (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – 93.8% (3,580)
  21. NTU Civil Engineering – 93.8% (3,100)
  22. NTU Maritime Studies – 93.3% (3,000)
  23. SMU Accountancy (4-years programme) – 93.2% (2,825)
  24. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial and Systems Engineering) – 92.4% (3,200)
  25. SMU Information Systems Management (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – 90.9% (3,800)
  26. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) – 90.3% (3,200)
  27. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) – 90.0% (3,175)
  28. NTU Mathematics & Economics – 89.6% (3,000)
  29. SMU Information Systems Management (4-years programme) – 89.5% (3,300)
  30. NTU Mechanical Engineering – 89.5% (3,100)
  31. NUS Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) – 89.2% (2,900)
  32. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) – 88.9% (2,700)
  33. NTU Electrical and Electronic Engineering – 88.7% (3,100)
  34. SMU Economics (4-years programme) – 88.6% (3,339)
  35. NTU Computer Science – 88.5% (3,125)
  36. NTU Biomedical Sciences (Traditional Chinese Medicine) – 88.4% (2,807)
  37. NTU Computer Engineering – 88.2% (3,175)
  38. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) – 88.0% (3,200)
  39. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Science and Engineering) – 87.9% (3,000)
  40. NTU NBS Business and Computing – 87.5% (3,400)
  41. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) – 87.5% (3,110)
  42. SMU Business Management (4-years programme) – 87.3% (3,200)
  43. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) – 87.2% (3,225)
  44. NTU NBS Business (3-yr direct Honours Programme) – 85.7% (3,000)
  45. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering) – 85.6% (3,200)
  46. NTU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – 85.1% (3,200)
  47. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) – 83.9% (3,005)
  48. NTU Mathematical Science – 83.7% (3,000)
  49. NTU Economics – 83.5% (3,000)
  50. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) – 83.3% (3,425)
  51. SMU Social Sciences (4-years programme) Cum Laude and above – 83.3% (3,200)
  52. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Electronic Commerce) – 83.3% (3,080)
  53. NUS Bachelor of Business Administration – 81.7% (3,000)
  54. NTU Environmental Engineering – 81.5% (3,000)
  55. NTU Linguistics And Multilingual Studies – 81.3% (2,625)
  56. NTU Chinese – 80.5% (3,000)
  57. SMU Social Sciences (4-years programme) – 79.8% (3,000)
  58. NTU Information Engineering and Media – 79.6% (3,200)
  59. NTU Communication Studies – 79.6% (3,000)
  60. NTU Materials Engineering – 78.9% (3,000)
  61. NUS Bachelor of Computing (Communications and Media) – 77.8% (3,050)
  62. NUS Bachelor of Social Sciences – 76.8% (3,200)
  63. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Science) – 75.9% (3,000)
  64. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – 74.6% (3,200)
  65. NUS Bachelor of Science (Hons) – 74.0% (3,100)
  66. NTU Psychology – 71.8% (3,000)
  67. NUS Bachelor of Arts – 70.1% (2,800)
  68. NTU Physics / Applied Physics – 69.2% (3,300)
  69. NTU Chemistry & Biological Chemistry – 68.9% (3,100)
  70. NTU Bioengineering – 68.8% (3,125)
  71. NTU Biological Sciences – 68.1% (3,000)
  72. NTU English – 67.3% (3,100)
  73. NUS Bachelor of Science – 65.1% (2,800)
  74. NTU Art, Design & Media – 61.4% (2,500)
  75. NUS Bachelor of Engineering (Bioengineering) – 60.0% (3,000)
  76. NTU Sports Science and Management – 59.1% (3,000)
  77. NTU Sociology – 55.8% (3,100)
  78. NUS Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) – 53.6% (2,650)

Rankings obtained from Salary.sg

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2 thoughts on “How much is your degree worth? – Employment Survey 2013 (Published 2014)

  1. Hi Zuet,

    I am BSc(Hons) in mathematics with 2nd class from calcutta. My marks are no good. So i get rejected in NUS master in mathematics, So i am planning to do BSc(mathematics) from UNISIM. If my grade is good can i have chance to do MSc in maths from NUS?

    1. Hi Sandip!

      I’m not sure if a UNISIM cert is recognized by NUS. You’ll have to call their applications department (or possibly their website) to see if UNISIM is part of their recognized degrees list.

      If it is, then a good grade as UNISIM will probably help you with your masters application though I’m not sure if it’s really worth your time and money to take a second degree in something you have already majored in just to apply for your masters.

      Hope it helps.

      – Zueet

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