Every year the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education presents statistics on the results of higher education courses with more employability in Portugal on the Infocursos Portal.
With these indicators, students who intend to enter higher education have information that can help them choose the course that best satisfies them.
Sample size characteristics
The data presented in 2020 by Infocursos refer to courses between 2014/15 and 2017/18 and encompass the number of graduates in these courses and, of these, those who were unemployed in 2019.
Data on graduates are collected by survey (RAIDES) from higher education establishments and, through the Institute of Employment and Professional Training (IEFP), data on graduates from Polytechnics and Universities, enrolled in employment centers.
202.708 graduates were registered, distributed as follows:
|Unemployment rate 0%||10545||5%|
|Unemployment rate between 0,1% and 4%||122397||60%|
|Unemployment rate higher than 4%||67389||33%|
|Excluded because the sample is not accepted||2377||1%|
Evolution of the Employability of Higher Education Courses in Portugal
To calculate the annual unemployment rate, we removed cases where there is no sample. Thus, in 2020 there are 3,6% of unemployed people, a decrease in relation to 2019 with 3,7%, in 2018 with 5,7%, in 2017 with 6,6%, in 2016 with 8,5% and in 2015 with 9,5%.
The employability of graduates has therefore increased in recent years.
The unemployment rate in 2020 of graduates from private education is 3,9%, slightly higher than the average. However, most of the cases that had not been considered in the sample and did not, for that reason, have data on unemployment, were from private education (129 private education courses vs 109 public education courses).
We will analyze the information that is published by the Portal to present, in a differentiated way, courses with zero unemployment rate and those with between 0,1% and 4%. Those with an unemployment rate higher than 4% have not been considered in this analysis, but can be consulted in the Infocourses.
In general, the areas related to health and engineering are the higher education courses with the highest employability in Portugal.
Higher Courses with 0% Unemployment Rate
The courses with more than one hundred graduates and with zero unemployment, are Medicine, Computer Engineering, Nursing, Music, Architecture, Physical and Technological Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Basic Education, Psychology, Biology and International Business.
With less than one hundred graduates and with a zero unemployment rate, there are also several Engineering courses, others related to Art, Mathematics and Physics, and also Computer Management.
In this situation with zero unemployment, there are 10.545 graduates.
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|Establish Teaching||Nature||Teaching Type||Course Name||Gray||Nr Diplom Course|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Medicine||Integrated Master||1465|
|University of Coimbra||Public||University||Medicine||Integrated Master||1239|
|New University of Lisbon||Public||University||Medicine||Integrated Master||1006|
|University of Porto||Public||University||Medicine||Integrated Master||720|
|Minho's university||Public||University||Medicine||Integrated Master||537|
|University of Beira Interior||Public||University||Medicine||Integrated Master||497|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Architecture||Integrated Master||177|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Technological Physics Engineering||Integrated Master||163|
|Portuguese Catholic University||Private||University||Theology||Integrated Master||84|
|University of Porto||Public||University||Computer Networks and Systems Engineering||Integrated Master||77|
|Portuguese Catholic University||Private||University||Theology||Integrated Master||50|
|Portuguese Catholic University||Private||University||Theology||Integrated Master||39|
|Minho's university||Public||University||Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering||Integrated Master||38|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Informatics and Computer Engineering||Bachelor's degree||319|
|University of Évora||Public||Polytechnic||Nursing||Bachelor's degree||276|
|Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon||Public||Polytechnic||Informatics and Computer Engineering||Bachelor's degree||190|
|Polytechnic Institute of Beja||Public||Polytechnic||Nursing||Bachelor's degree||184|
|Aveiro University||Public||University||Music||Bachelor's degree||183|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering||Bachelor's degree||172|
|Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal||Public||Polytechnic||Nursing||Bachelor's degree||162|
|Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal||Public||Polytechnic||Basic education||Bachelor's degree||160|
|CESPU-North Polytechnic Health Institute||Private||Polytechnic||Nursing||Bachelor's degree||133|
|Portuguese Catholic University||Private||University||Psychology||Bachelor's degree||126|
|Portuguese Catholic University||Private||Polytechnic||Nursing||Bachelor's degree||121|
|University of Algarve||Public||Polytechnic||Nursing||Bachelor's degree||121|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Biology||Bachelor's degree||105|
|Minho's university||Public||University||International Business (after-work regime)||Bachelor's degree||100|
|Higher Institute of Educational Sciences||Private||Polytechnic||Basic education||Bachelor's degree||99|
|Atlantic School of Health||Private||Polytechnic||Nursing||Bachelor's degree||84|
|New University of Lisbon||Public||University||Conservation - Restoration||Bachelor's degree||81|
|University of Porto||Public||University||Physics||Bachelor's degree||80|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Applied statistics||Bachelor's degree||78|
|Portuguese Catholic University||Private||University||Psychology||Bachelor's degree||74|
|University of Coimbra||Public||University||Bioanalytical Sciences||Bachelor's degree||69|
|University of Coimbra||Public||University||Medicinal Chemistry||Bachelor's degree||68|
|School of Real Estate Activities||Private||Polytechnic||Real Estate Management||Bachelor's degree||59|
|New University of Lisbon||Public||University||Mathematics||Bachelor's degree||59|
|ISEC Lisboa - Higher Institute of Education and Science||Private||Polytechnic||Optics and Optometry||Bachelor's degree||58|
|Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies||Private||University||Biology||Bachelor's degree||56|
|Higher Institute of Entre Douro e Vouga||Private||Polytechnic||Industrial Production Engineering||Bachelor's degree||53|
|University of Coimbra||Public||University||Portuguese||Bachelor's degree||53|
|Aveiro University||Public||University||Biology and Geology||Bachelor's degree||53|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Naval and Ocean Engineering||Bachelor's degree||52|
|University of Algarve||Public||Polytechnic||Farmácia||Bachelor's degree||52|
|Portuguese Red Cross Higher School of Health - Lisbon||Private||Polytechnic||Cardiopneumology||Bachelor's degree||50|
|European University||Private||University||Computer Science and engineering||Bachelor's degree||47|
|ISEC Lisboa - Higher Institute of Education and Science||Private||Polytechnic||Aeronautical Management||Bachelor's degree||47|
|Higher Institute of Educational Sciences||Private||Polytechnic||Social Education||Bachelor's degree||47|
|Polytechnic Institute of Porto||Public||Polytechnic||Musical education||Bachelor's degree||46|
|Polytechnic Institute of Bragança||Public||Polytechnic||Music in Community Contexts||Bachelor's degree||46|
|Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies||Private||University||Management Informatics||Bachelor's degree||46|
|Lusíada University||Private||University||Jazz and Modern Music||Bachelor's degree||46|
|University of Coimbra||Public||University||Physics||Bachelor's degree||46|
|University of Lisbon||Public||University||Mathematics||Bachelor's degree||44|
|ISEC Lisboa - Higher Institute of Education and Science||Private||Polytechnic||Occupational Security Engineering||Bachelor's degree||41|
|Egas Moniz University Institute||Private||University||Psychology||Bachelor's degree||41|
|Egas Moniz University Institute||Private||University||Health Sciences||Bachelor's degree||40|
|Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco||Public||Polytechnic||Agronomy||Bachelor's degree||40|
|Portuguese Catholic University||Private||University||Art - Conservation and Restoration||Bachelor's degree||38|
|Open University||Public||University||Humanities||Bachelor's degree||37|
|ISPA-University Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences||Private||University||Biology||Bachelor's degree||36|
|Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra||Public||Polytechnic||Computer Science and engineering||Bachelor's degree||36|
|Higher Institute of Intercultural and Transdisciplinary Studies of Almada||Private||University||Management||Bachelor's degree||35|
|Polytechnic Institute of Porto||Public||Polytechnic||Orthoptic||Bachelor's degree||35|
|Lusíada University - North||Private||University||Electronic and Informatics Engineering||Bachelor's degree||35|
|Higher Institute of Entre Douro e Vouga||Private||Polytechnic||Accounting||Bachelor's degree||34|
|European University||Private||University||Sport Management||Bachelor's degree||30|
|Portuguese Catholic University||Private||University||Portuguese and Spanish Studies||Bachelor's degree||30|
Higher Courses with Unemployment Rate between 0,1% and 4%
In courses with an unemployment rate between 0,1% and 4%, 122.397 graduates are found.
The courses related to health and engineering continue to be well positioned and courses related to management now appear, whether general or more specialized management, such as Marketing, Logistics, Human Resources, Law, Catering and Hospitality, Sports, Tourism, Social Communication and Economics.
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