QUEENSLAND engineering and technology graduates are enjoying being among the highest rates of employment in Australia.
The Good Universities Guide 2013 has found, in the midst of the state's high unemployment rates and public service job cuts, that 89% of these graduates found employment within four months of graduating.
James Cook University Vice-Chancellor Sarah Harding believes the university's regional locations and student cohort may have played a part in its 92% rate in this field, which is against a national average of 80%.
"Most of our students are from northern Queensland regions and, coupled with being trained at a regionally based university, they are perhaps more suitable for employment in the mining industry and more able to cope with the lifestyle of the remote mining sites," she said.
The University of Southern Queensland's engineering and technology employment prospects were also among the strongest in the guide, and Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas believes this is enticing students from interstate to study in Queensland.
"With the burgeoning resources boom in south-west Queensland and the rich agricultural, mining and industry investment that already figures significantly in the economic future of Queensland, more students are being drawn to Queensland, where career prospects and advancement are assured," Professor Thomas said.
The University of the Sunshine Coast introduced a civil engineering degree in 2008 and a mechanical engineering degree this year in response to the growing demand.
USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Birgit Lohmann said there was now a strong interest in engineering on the Sunshine Coast, with almost 170 students enrolled across the programs.