Employment conditions for students graduating from education and health courses remain strong.
Employment conditions for university students graduating from education and health courses remain strong, Australian Catholic University (ACU) said on Monday.
The country's largest trainer of nurses and second largest educator of teachers said demographic changes were creating job opportunities for graduates in these professions.
ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said that a growth in school student numbers and an ageing population meant more teachers and nurses were needed.
"Data from the Commonwealth government suggest that Australia needs more not fewer teachers and nurses to support Australia's education and health demands," Professor Craven said.
"According to the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations the education sector faces changing workforce needs into the future.
"There is an expectation that Australian schools will face a large influx of students over the next eight years, with an additional 670,000 school student enrolments over the next seven to eight years.
"Meanwhile, the former Health Workforce Australia agency found in its 2012 report titled: ‘A summary of the Health Workforce 2025’ that there will be a highly-significant shortage of 109,000 nurses by 2025."
ACU graduates in 2013 experienced strong employment outcomes, with 96 per cent of teaching students and nursing students employed after graduation.
Overall, 94 per cent of ACU's 2013 graduating class were in employment within four months after completing their course according to Graduate Destination Survey data.
Professor Craven acknowledged that greater university funding was needed to support the country's economic and workforce needs.
"The reality is that successive governments of both political persuasions have cut university funding," Professor Craven said.
"By deregulating university fees, universities will have greater funding certainty and will be better placed to finance the education and training needs of Australia."
ACU is Australia’s only truly national university, with campuses in Sydney (North Sydney and Strathfield), Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Ballarat.