Destinations of Graduates


Higher Education Authority (HEA)

Key information

First destinations, salary by sex and faculty; employment sector by level of award and faculty; county retention rates; destinations of education graduates.


Based on the annual First Destination of Award Recipients in Higher Education Survey, an annual survey conducted by the Higher Education Training Awards Council (HETAC) and the Careers Officers of the universities, and compiled by the Statistics Section HEA.


All graduates of publicly-funded third-level institutions, and of HETAC-approved courses in private institutions, having completed a full-time course of study.



Reference period

April following year of graduation

Start date



Typically one and a half years after the end of the reference period


  • Economic status
    In employment in Ireland; In employment overseas; Further studies or training; Work experience schemes; Seeking employment; Unavailable for work or study.
  • Region
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Mid-West; Midland; South-East; South-West; West; Northern Ireland; Overseas.
  • County
    The 26 geographical counties.
  • Study or award level
    Level 6 (Higher or university certificate); Level 7 (Ordinary degree or university diploma); Level 8 (Honours degree); Level 9 (Postgraduate diploma); Level 9 (Masters taught); Level 9 (Masters research); Level 10 (PhD); Higher diploma in education; Postgraduate diploma in primary education
  • Faculties
    Arts, social science, humanities; Science; Commerce & and business studies; Medicine, dentistry, paramedical; Engineering; Law; Agriculture; Veterinary medicine; Architecture; Food science & technology.
  • Economic sector (of employment)
    Agriculture, forestry & fisheries; Manufacturing industries; Electricity, gas & water supply; Building & construction; Distribution; Business, finance & insurance services; Computing & software applications; Transport, storage & communications; Non-market services; Personal & recreational services; Professional services; with further breakdown for several of the categories.


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