Computer science graduates earn more than other graduates
But new data shows fall in new entrants to ICT courses
Computer science graduates are the best paid after leaving college, yet the number of new entrants to these courses has fallen, news figures show.
A report by the Higher Education Authority shows three-quarters (75 per cent) of computer science, or information and communications technology (ICT), graduates earned between €25,000 and €45,000 nine months after leaving college. By contrast, just over half (56 per cent) of other college graduates were earning a similar sum. Almost one in ten (9 per cent) of ICT graduates were earning more than €45,000 within nine months of leaving college, compared to a much smaller proportion (3 per cent) of overall graduates.
ICT graduates also have very strong employment prospects with 80 per cent of graduates in employment within months of leaving college. The remainder were either involved in further study, seeking employment or unavailable for work. Yet, the number of entrants to ICT courses has fallen by 8 per cent since 2014 even though overall numbers in higher education are on the rise. There were a total of 2,855 new entrants to ICT courses in 2017/18, down from 3,103 in 2014. ICT is also still very much a man’s world with males accounting for 85 per cent of all new entrant ICT students. The figures chime with other data compiled over the past 12 months which indicates that, over a much longer time-frame, computer science graduates are the best paid.