The researchers questioned 15,000 people in the UK for the study, looking at groups who graduated between the middle of the 1980s and the early 1990s. The graduates were asked to rate how happy they were with their jobs.
Reamonn Lydon said: "We think that those who studied agricultural science were the happiest because they can go into a wide variety of jobs - from working the land to the food industry."
The researchers found that teachers were among those who reported a lower level of job satisfaction.
Reamonn Lydon said "If you study something like architecture which tends to lead to a narrow choice of directly related jobs and find out you don't like the profession at all, you will need extra training to do something else. We found that people who studied broader subjects, with more possible applications, were the happiest."
The authors of the study also found a higher level of job satisfaction among graduates of the older, traditional universities than the new universities. "They have more job satisfaction and more money," said Mr Lydon but this difference was less noticeable among the younger people questioned - those who graduated in the early 90s. He said it appeared that the levels of happiness for those students who went former polytechnics - the "new universities" after 1992 – differed much less than their counterparts in "old" universities.
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