The project "ATRACK - Graduate Tracking" (in German: "ATRACK - AbsolventInnen-Tracking") provides information on the situation of university graduates in the labour market. This provides persons who are interested in studying a degree course with an impression of the employment career that they can expect after graduation, so that they can consider this in their choice of degree course. The ATRACK information is summarised in factsheets and made available for download on this page.
ATRACK is also important for the further development of teaching at the university. For this purpose, there is a data cube provided by Statistics Austria (in German: "Bundesanstalt Statistik Österreich") and evaluations for specific questions can be requested from the Strategic Education Development Center via the service portal, opens an external URL in a new window.

Information summarized in factsheets

The ATRACK ( = "Absolvent_innen-Tracking") results are summarized into factsheets starting from four different data bases:

  • "F1" factsheets: Graduates under 35 years without enrollment in another degree after graduation
  • "F2" factsheets: Graduates under 35 years without enrollment in another degree after graduation in selected ISCED fields of study
    • only these "F2" factsheets are offered for download on this page
  • "F3" factsheets: Graduates of a study program
  • "F4" factsheets: Dropouts from study programs

The factsheets graphically depict the progression of employment careers in the first five years after graduation. Results based on a small number of cases (30 cases or less) are not published.

Factsheets contain selected results on the following topics:

  • Status in the Austrian labour market by reference dates and employment rate,
  • Duration until first employment in months,
  • Top 5 sectors three years after graduation,
  • Employment in the third year,
  • Gross monthly income in full-time employment.

(List translated from STATISTICS AUSTRIA "HRSM Project "Graduate Tracking": Project Report" (in German: STATISTIK AUSTRIA "HRSM-Projekt „AbsolventInnen-Tracking“: Projektbericht"); Page 27)


Classification of studies in their respective ISCED fields

In the "F2" factsheets, which are available for download on this page, the studies are summarized by type of study (bachelor's degree, master's degree, diploma degree or doctorate/PhD degree) and ISCED field of study. In the following table you will find a classification of the course of studies into the ISCED fields. With the help of the table, persons interested in a study program can determine which "F2" factsheet is relevant for them.

ISCED field of study TU Wien course of study
Natural sciences, mathematics and statistics Geodesy and Geoinformation, Technical Mathematics, Technical Physics
Information and Communication Technologies Business Informatics, Computer Sciences, Computer Science Management
Engineering, manufacturing and construction Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering (with the exception of the Master's program in Computational Science and Engineering), Mechanical Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - Economics
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*This table indicates the courses offered by the TU Vienna in the academic year 2022/23

According to the table, for instance, the "F2" factsheet relevant for the "Bachelor's degree in process engineering" is the "F2 factsheet for bachelor's degree programs in engineering, manufacturing and construction". Interfaculty studies, university courses and general studies where it is unclear which ISCED field of study they belong to can be classified using the table on page 19 of the ISCED Classification Handbook, opens a file in a new window.

With this handbook, for example, the "Master's program in Computational Science and Engineering", which is excluded from the table, can be classified as follows:

  • The focus of the study is on the categories "0611 Computer use" and "0613 Software and applications development and analysis" listed in the handbook on page 19 in the table under "Detailed field" which belong to the table row of ISCED field "06 Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)". Therefore, the study program "Master's degree in Computational Science and Engineering" should be assigned to the ISCED field "Information and Communication Technologies". Therefore, the correct "F2" factsheet for the program is the "F2 Factsheet for Master's Programmes in Information and Communication Technologies"

The same procedure can be used to assign interfaculty studies or studies established after the academic year 2022/23 to an ISCED field.

Project progress at a glance

With the project "ATRACK - Graduate Tracking", headed by the University of Vienna, a register-based full survey of the career paths of all graduates of Austrian higher education institutions was developed for the first time in cooperation between the Federal Statistical Office Austria (in German: "Bundesanstalt Statistik Österreich") and 21 public universities during the project period 1. August 2017 to 31. December 2021. ATRACK was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) and the project partners contributed further work of their own to the project. In addition to the twelve applicant universities, nine other universities became associated project partners from 2018.

The aim of "ATRACK - Graduate Tracking" was to present the labour market integration and career paths of graduates by means of a register-based analysis of career entry, employment and income opportunities. To this end, the project is based on various register data, which were compiled and processed in anonymous form by the Federal Statistical Office of Austria. The focus was on information about the employment careers of persons residing in Austria after leaving an Austrian higher education institution (graduating or dropping out). In addition to the universities' own data, a data cube with Austria-wide comparative data was made available to the participating universities. The universities participating in the project thus have at their disposal important comparative information on the career entry and first years of employment of their respective graduates (in particular the search duration until the first job, employment status, labour market integration, income and the economic sector of the job).

Even when processing pseudonymised or anonymised data or publishing aggregated data, care must be taken to ensure that it is not possible to infer a concrete personal reference. This can happen, for example, if certain characteristics or combinations of characteristics are so rare that they can only be assigned to a specific person. In order to prevent traceability, the record swapping method was used within the framework of ATRACK.

(Text excerpt translated from STATISTICS AUSTRIA "HRSM Project "Graduate Tracking": Project Report" (in German: STATISTIK AUSTRIA "HRSM-Projekt „AbsolventInnen-Tracking“: Projektbericht"); Pages: 5, 6, 24)

The future of ATRACK

A weakness of ATRACK concerns the survey of graduates who give up their main residence in Austria after graduation and move abroad. Due to the lack of information in Austrian registers, no post-career data can be compiled for these persons. The topic of comparable information on graduates across Europe has already been taken up by the European Union. In a recommendation of the European Council in 2017, the Member States of the European Union agreed to collect information on graduates and to make it progressively comparable at EU level.

Now that ATRACK has been successfully implemented, possible extensions of the system can be considered in the future. Continuous updating of the data body is possible. Since ATRACK already contains the data of graduates from all Austrian higher education institutions, further higher education institutions (e.g. universities of applied sciences) can be included in the system. The existing data structure also allows the evaluation of further forms of aggregation of the data. For example, an analysis by graduation year - or graduation cohorts - is possible. This would make it possible to take a closer look at possible changes over time. Furthermore, ATRACK offers valuable experience for future projects with similar objectives.

(Text excerpt translated from STATISTICS AUSTRIA "HRSM Project "Graduate Tracking" :Project Report" (in German: STATISTIK AUSTRIA "HRSM-Projekt „AbsolventInnen-Tracking“: Projektbericht"); Pages: 59, 60)

Further information as well as Austria-wide results on and beyond the ATRACK project can be found on the Statistics Austria website, opens an external URL in a new window, and on the website of the University of Vienna, opens an external URL in a new window entrusted with the management of the project.