About 30 Irish people aged 18 to 30 are in the running for the highest degree teaching after college degree, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The study, which surveyed more than 3,000 Irish people, found that the majority of Irish people who were working towards a PhD teaching post-graduate degree in Ireland said they had started their journey at a secondary school.

The survey found that 68 per cent of respondents said they’d started at an Irish secondary school, while 14 per cent said they were at an English secondary school and 10 per cent were from a French secondary school or university.

Among those who were studying for a PhD, 54 per cent had been taught at a primary school, compared to 31 per cent who’d started their training at a middle school or primary.

The survey also found that students from Ireland’s largest Catholic community are also more likely to be considering a PhD degree.

It found that 55 per cent identified themselves as being Catholic, compared with 32 per cent from the Protestant community.

There were also significant differences in the types of jobs applicants are pursuing.

For those with a secondary degree, the average salary was €16,000, compared at €11,500 for those with an English degree.

However, those with secondary education degrees were more likely than those with English to be working in the public sector.

The majority of those who had a tertiary degree had an academic research career (72 per cent), while those with primary education degrees had a secondary academic career.

While it’s believed that the Irish public sector has become a more diverse job market than the Irish private sector, the survey found only 9 per cent people who had tertiary education degrees worked in public sector, compared.

In total, there were 2,922 people in the study who had achieved a PhD from a school in Ireland.

More than 7,000 people had achieved the same degree from a private university, and 3,066 people had attained a PhD in a field related to the arts and humanities.