Why Australia has the lowest proportion of workers with a PhD

Why Australia has the lowest proportion of workers with a PhD

July 18, 2021 Comments Off on Why Australia has the lowest proportion of workers with a PhD By admin

A report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics says Australia’s workforce with a doctorate is a far cry from the world average, with just 13 per cent of workers holding a PhD. In terms of the number of workers in tertiary education with a diploma, the OECD has Australia in third place, just behind Norway, which has the highest proportion with a degree.

The study also showed that there were fewer workers in Australia with a graduate degree than there were in Canada, but it found there was a big difference in the proportions of workers earning a PhD and not.

Only 5 per cent in Canada had a doctor, while in Australia there were 9 per cent.

Australia’s PhD workforce is much smaller than other OECD countries, but the OECD said the data showed the country had some of the best outcomes in terms of access to and employment opportunities for workers.

“Australia has the most people with PhDs per capita, and among OECD countries with more than 10 million people, Australia has a rate of 1.8 PhD graduates per 1,000 people,” the OECD report said.

According to the study, the proportion of graduates with a bachelor’s degree was 16.3 per cent, compared with 15.7 per cent for the OECD average.

There are more than 8.2 million Australians aged 25 and over with a tertiary degree.