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02 July 2014

High pay, low unemployment and fun jobs for Danish Science graduates

Wages and employment

Beakers and theorems are demanding to work with, but if you train to be a chemist, a physicist or a mathematician they come with the territory. Fortunately in Denmark the hard work for the natural science graduates is rewarded with up to 30 percent higher wages, half the occurrence of unemployment and a job satisfaction rarely seen in other trades where a long academic educations is required.

Dream jobs for four out of five in hard science

Landing in a dull job seems unfair after spending up to seven years at University. Unfortunately that is how it ends for 44 percent of all Danish University graduates. That was shown in a study done by on-line jobs portal “Jobzonen” in 2011. That picture is turned on its head for those with a hard science background. In a similar study from 2012 the labour union magazine Magisterbladet found that 80 percent of all hard science graduates had landed their dream jobs.

Unemployment an unknown quantity for science grads

One explanation for the high job satisfaction for those with a natural sciences education could be the fact that there is virtually no unemployment for them. In early 2008 unemployment for all Danish university graduates held at just under two percent, but as the financial crisis intensified unemployment for academics rose to six percent. Only… That didn’t happen for mathematicians, physicists and chemists. An analysis from the academic unemployment fund has shown that for the entire period 2008 to 2014 their joblessness average has been stable at two to three percent while all other academics have struggled around five to six percent.

High lifetime income for math wizzes

Knowing a bit more than your multiplication table is even worth hard cash. People who chose high level math in high school (Gymnasium) can expect to earn some 30 percent more throughout life than those with lower level math. Studying only those who go on to university narrow the gap somewhat, but it’s still “advantage wizzes”. Numbers crunched by the Danish productivity commission and the think-tank Kraka have shown that those graduating with a math based education stand to make 20 percent more than the liberal arts graduate.

Future Science majors start here

At the University of Copenhagen there is a choice of no less than 22 bachelor programmes within natural and life sciences. Physics has five specializations on offer, math has six and chemistry offers Danish bachelor students a choice of combining chemistry as they please or choosing one of the three specializations medicinal chemistry, Environmental chemistry and green and sustainable chemistry.

Last chance to apply for one of the (Danish) bachelor programmes in Copenhagen is Saturday July 5th 2014 at 12.00