Six years after finishing school, the median salary of those who took History, Classics and Philosophy is below that of their peers who took more vocational subjects, according to new data published by the Department for Education (DfE). The Telegraph reports
At age 24-25, the highest earners are those who studied Further Maths at A-levels who are being paid £25,600 on average.
Meanwhile, those who studied humanities subjects for A-levels generally earned under £20,000 by their mid-20s. The median salary for former English Literature students was £19,200 and for their peers who took Philosophy it was £18,500.
But teenagers who took more vocational subjects went on to earn higher salaries, with Travel and Tourism students going on to earn £20,200 and PE students earning £20,400.
Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said that students who take more vocational subjects for their A-levels may be more career minded than their peers who opt for more traditional academic disciplines.
“They may be people who draw a more explicit link in their mind between their education and earnings than people choosing more humanities and arts subjects,” he said. “These are qualifications that have been designed with employers in mind.”
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