What degrees are more profitable , those that allow you to find relatively quickly a well paid job? A survey of the foundation Rodolfo De Benedetti conducted on a sample of 30 thousand graduates found that the degree who “pays” more is not – as many might believe – that in Medicine, which is beaten by those in Economics and Engineering. The research also found that – beyond what is often heard – women do not always earn less than men (for the same course of study), and that the final grade is sometimes decisive.

According to the survey, by Giovanni Peri (economist and researcher at the University of California) and Massimo Rings, which will be presented at Bocconi University in Milan on December 11, are Economics and Engineering faculties that allow you to find a job paying more and more quickly. Next, among the degrees there would be more profitable medicine, mathematics and physics, while at the opposite pole would then, instead humanities degrees. Among the best-paid and the latter there is a gap that, in the first year after graduation, the salary of a graduate in Economics may well exceed 10 thousand euro to a degree in humanities. And after 15 years the gap is up to more than 25 thousand euro.


Economics and Engineering would be, according to the survey, although the degrees that offer prospects fairer between men and women, with a smaller difference in earnings between men and women (from 2,400 to 3,500 EUR per year) than that found among graduates in Law, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences (which varies between, however, the 5,900 and 7,300 Euros). Although, in spite of more and more girls to enroll at the university, research has ascertained that does not grow in parallel with the wages of women, and the gap between the genders is still fairly high.

Students or students, another fact that emerges from the survey is that the final grade , as opposed to how often you think, can be decisive for finding a job profitable. At that point, with the same educational qualification, a graduate with honors can earn up to 50 percent more . A signal, this, that, according to the rector of the Polytechnic of Milan, Giovanni Azzone, would indicate that the university system works and that the Italian universities do their jobs well.