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 2018/19 (as of March 2021). 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), Absolvent*innentracking (accessed on: 9.11.2021).
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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 2%, this share is also very low (36 months after graduation) among doctorate/PhD 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 90% and, thus, is also higher than the overall Austrian employment rate (83%). On this key date, a total of 77% of TU Graz master's degrees graduates are employed, just under 3% are self-employed, and about 0.3% are marginally employed.
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: 71%; 36 months after graduation: 64%), and the share of graduates without Austrian residence is observed to increase from approx. 2% at the time of graduation to 21% by 36 months after graduation.
Nevertheless, the high employment rate of 85% (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.
By field of study:
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.
The currently available detailed results of the graduate tracking project can be downloaded as factsheets.