The 13 career choices that see the most demand at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) offer the lowest income levels to graduates, two-thirds of whom end up employed in areas completely unrelated to their studies.
Every year, the goal of 60% of all applicants is enrolment in medicine, law, psychology, management, accounting, architecture, international relations, nursing, dental surgery, teaching, veterinary medicine, economics and biology.
For some degree choices, the sheer number of applicants is overwhelmingly greater than the places available.
For example, 14,632 youths vied for just 177 places in medicine, while only 330 new students were accepted into UNAM’s law school out of 4,415 applicants.
According to federal Labor Secretariat data, neither career offers the best income for graduates: they range between 8,674 for teachers and 14,610 pesos per month for surgeons (US $490 to $830).
The same government department indicated that a chemistry graduate earns 74% more than a doctor, or 25,486 pesos per month.
In comparison, the national statistics institute INEGI found out that 66% of graduates from the 13 most sought-after careers end up working in an area completely different.
Evelyn González, a 19-year-old student who recently enrolled at UNAM’s veterinary school, was undeterred by the dire forecasts.
“The truth is that I haven’t considered how much I’ll earn or if I’ll live well . . . this is what I really want to do. I chose this career because I’m passionate about it,” she said.
Source: El Universal (sp)