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Industry reports show that shortages in the dental workforce are
felt most acutely in the public system, so it is heartening to see
that many dentistry graduates begin their careers in the public
sector. Despite good job prospects and the highest starting
salaries of any field ($77,988), many 2012 dentistry graduates
were not satisfied with teaching quality, skill development and the
course overall. That said, the situation does vary from state to
state and from institution to institution.
FOR FURTHER HELP...
• To compare the pros and cons of dentistry with other fields
of study, see the table on page 64 and the institution
profiles in Section 4.
• For more about jobs and careers in this field, see the Job
Guide website at http://jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au.
• For ratings of postgraduate dentistry courses, see the
Hobsons Course Finder website at
What majors can I study?
The following are just some of the majors you can study in this
What you’re in for
Economics can be described as the science of decision-making.
It is concerned with the way society distributes and uses
resources such as land, labour, raw materials, and goods and
services. It is one of the very few fields of study that is both an
academic discipline connected with a huge body of knowledge
and an occupation. Professional economists can study economic
and statistical data related to all spheres of life and society, and
often work in an advisory capacity, reporting and forecasting.
They may even plan and make policy based on their findings.
Professional economists often work in the government sector.
While the federal Treasury or the Reserve Bank may offer the
holy grail of graduate positions, you should also consider
alternate organisations that employ economists, such as unions,
publicly listed corporations, finance and insurance companies,
industry associations and universities.
You can do a degree or major in economics because you
want to be an economist, but even if you don’t, you might just find
it can offer a fascinating and broad education. Whether or not you
seek a professional career in the field, you should still expect to
need a good grasp of mathematics and English, as well as an
aptitude for investigation and analysis in order to succeed at
degree level. For more information about careers in this field, visit
the Economic Society of Australia website at
Other fields of study that are likely to appeal to someone
interested in economics include business and management
The student body and graduate ratings
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the
institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
National average rate of retention
National avg. rate of retention by ATAR range
EMPLOYMENT, SALARIES AND FURTHER STUDY
For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
To find out which institutions have courses with these specialisations, use
the Index on page 408.
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