It's one ting to go to uni - it's another thing to be up to date on what's trending and what's not (academically speaking - Fashion trends are easy to keep you with).
So what is the most studied degree and sought after career ?
Statistics based on the preferences of 62,000 online university students has revealed the Bachelor of Education in both early childhood and primary education is the most popular degree among over-30s looking to escape their dead-end jobs.
But it's one thing to be popular and another thing to be a smart choice. So what is hot in the market in terms of Earning potential, amd steady job security ?
SMH have given us some pretty good stats ..
A university student's future earnings depend more on the degree they do, the industry they aim for and deeds done outside the lecture hall, than which university they go to. "If you're aiming to get a higher financial return on your university education in terms of the salary you earn when you graduate, the course that you choose is going to be more important than the university you choose," Melbourne's Grattan Institute program director Andrew Norton says.
Grattan Institute research points to graduates from "Group of Eight" and technology universities having a salary advantage of about 3 per cent, after controlling for cognitive ability.
"The technology universities have long histories of strong relationships with employers," Norton says. "However, the field of study is more important than where you study when it comes to your salary and also when it comes to securing a job, which is a consideration in today's relatively tough labour market."
Technology skills are still in high demand, however Casey says many employers now recruit from a variety of disciplines to create dynamic, diverse teams.
It's Australia's huge employer, with almost 13 per cent of all jobs.
"Graduates who are getting jobs quickly at the moment are from the health sciences area, in everything from medicine and nursing, to pharmacy and radiography and physiotherapy," - GCA spokesman Bruce Guthrie says.
"The health sector is not hugely affected by economic upturns and downturns."
Australia will face a shortfall of 109,000 registered nurses by 2025, according to Health Workforce Australia. The Department of Employment reports that 273,000 registered nurses will be needed in 2020 (up by 17.9 per cent from 231,000 in 2015)
Degree: Bachelor of nursing Pay: $56,529 to about $79,383. Specialise and study a graduate degree and earnings lift.
It holds an "immunity card" against digital disruption in the short to medium term. Nick Deligiannis, managing director of recruitment firm Hays, says there's high demand for digitally literate, professional practice accountants and that's expected to continue. There are about 193,000 accountants in work today. By 2020, the profession is predicted to grow by 13.3 per cent to almost 220,000 accountants.
Degree: Bachelor of business /commerce /accounting Start Pay: About $50,000
Reports of a teacher glut are wildly inaccurate, provided graduates are prepared to be flexible. "Teaching is fairly good these days, in terms of supply and demand – it's a fairly safe bet," Guthrie says. Department of Employment projections show that 158,300 primary school teachers and 124,700 secondary school teachers will be needed nationwide by 2020, up by 5.6 per cent from 143,800 and 118,100 respectively, in 2015.
Degree: Bachelor of education/primary Start Pay: About $50,000. NSW public school principals earn about three times that.
There are about 85,600 software and applications programmers employed in Australia and by 2020, that will grow by 17.2 per cent to 100,200, Department of Employment figures show.
"Software engineering and computer science disciplines are still getting the most attention from employers," - Casey says. "A large number of employers want to hire software engineering students but there is just not the supply coming out from universities."
Degree: Bachelor of information technology/ bachelor of computer science /bachelor of software engineering Start Pay: About $53,000
Australia has about 56,900 solicitors. By 2020, that number is expected to grow to 68,900 – a growth rate of 21.1 per cent.
"Law is an interesting one. While a lot of law graduates will go on to practise law, many others study law just because it's a prestigious degree which opens a vista of other occupations," Guthrie says. "You generally have to be a higher calibre of student to get into a law degree, so it already marks you out as a good prospect for recruiters."
However, many jobs once performed by young lawyers are automated or have gone offshore so intending law students need to build their own technology skills and be open to international work.
Degree: Bachelor of laws (LLB) Start Pay: About $58,200
So there you have it - all the trending knowledge of what's hot in University studies at the moment and where the trends are heading. Don't stress though - your career is what you make of it and it's never too late to change. Especially with Studytea on board - you can study your way through anything !