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Graduate Tracking Project

What career opportunities does a degree from TU Graz offer? In which industries do graduates work after completing their studies, how long do they search for a job, and how much do they earn?

The graduate tracking project ATRACK (in German: Absolvent*innentracking) enables us to gain insight into graduates’ career entry points and employment histories:

Labour market integration


Detailed results of individual studies


The graduate tracking project ATRACK (in German: Absolvent*innentracking) is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Research with structural funding allocated to the higher education area. This project has been carried out in cooperation with thirteen Austrian universities and Statistics Austria since 2018.

In this project, career entry points and employment histories of TU Graz graduates are analysed on the basis of register data, social security data, and data on labour market integration, career histories, and income data are processed.

The population examined consists of all graduates from the academic years of 2008/09 to 2020/21 (as of July 2023). Since most students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from TU Graz go on to pursue a master's degree, the results are mainly presented at the master's and doctorate/PhD level.

The study classification was performed with reference to the ISCED Fields of Education and Training.

Further information about the database as well as explanations and definitions can be found in the notes on the results.

Source: STATISTIK AUSTRIA (2021), Graduate tracking (accessed on: 13.07.2023).

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Labour Market Integration I

Development of labour market status after graduation

The employment rate of TU Graz graduates is relatively high as compared to the overall employment rate in Austria. The following diagrams show how the labour market status had developed by certain key dates after graduation.

Unemployment among TU Graz graduates is overall extremely low. Only 3% of graduates with a master's degree are unemployed at the time of graduation. By 3 years after graduation, the share of unemployed graduates has dropped to only 1%. At just under 1%, this share is also very low (36 months after graduation) among doctorate/PhD graduates.

Master’s degree graduates

At 82% six months after graduation, the employment rate of master's degree graduates is already relatively high. By 36 months after graduation, the share of employed persons has risen to 91% and, thus, is also higher than the overall Austrian employment rate (86%). On this key date, a total of 78% of TU Graz master's degrees graduates are employed, just under 3% are self-employed, and about 0.3% are marginally employed.

Doctoral degree graduates

Among graduates with a doctorate/PhD, the employment rate is consistently very high over the entire period, whereby the share of employed persons is observed to decrease slightly after graduation (at graduation: 69%; 36 months after graduation: 65%), and the share of graduates without Austrian residence is observed to increase from approx. 2% at the time of graduation to 22% by 36 months after graduation.

Nevertheless, the high employment rate of 87% (excluding persons without their primary residence in Austria) shows the positive situation for doctorate/PhD graduates on the Austrian labour market. The observed decline in the number of gainfully employed persons, therefore, should not be interpreted as an indication that graduates leave gainful employment, but rather that they establish their primary residence abroad. This trend can also be observed when comparing these data with those from other Austrian universities.

Labour Market Integration II

Time period until first gainful employment

  • On average, master's degree graduates are employed one to two months after graduation.
  • Doctoral degree graduates often already have a job by the time they graduate.

By field of study:

  • Graduates of computer science and communications technology programmes enter the workforce either upon graduation (master's degree) or before graduation (doctorate/PhD).
  • Graduates of engineering programmes are able to enter the workforce shortly after graduation (doctorate/PhD) or one to two months after graduation (master's degree).
  • Graduates of the natural sciences programmes find a job slightly more than two months (master's degree) or slightly more than one month (doctorate/PhD) after graduation.

Master's degree graduates

Doctoral degree graduates

Labour Market Integration III

Top 5 sectors three years after graduation

The following diagrams show the top 5 sectors (based on ÖNACE 2008) in which TU Graz graduates are employed three years after graduation, including their median gross monthly income.

  • With a master's degree, most graduates were working three years after graduation in architecture and engineering firms (22%) and in IT services (11%).
  • Graduates with a doctoral degree were working mainly in tertiary/post-secondary education (17%), in non-university research and development (15%), and in companies that manufacture data processing equipment (12%).

Master's degree graduates

Doctoral degree graduates



Gross monthly income from full-time employment

  • The mean gross monthly income (median) for full-time employment at the time of graduation is 3,100 euros for master's degree graduates and around 3,600 euros for doctorate/PhD graduates.
  • By the key date 36 months after graduation, the income of graduates with a master's degree had risen to 3,850 euros and the income of graduates with a doctorate/PhD degree had risen to almost 4,651 euros.
  • Overall, the average gross monthly income of TU Graz graduates is higher that of other Austrian workers on all reporting dates.

Master’s degree graduates

Doctoral degree graduates