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Jobs in high demand today: Where would you like to start your career?

Oct 29, 2021

What do you want to be when you grow up? Now that’s a difficult question that keeps coming up as you start your university search.

Some people are lucky enough to be sure at 16, and some people change careers at 46. It’s all right not to know what you want to do before you apply for university. You could start by checking out thriving industries, where jobs are abundant and you could be a top talent.

IT & Cybersecurity

You’ve heard it for so long now – technological advances are moving at warp speed and the world is becoming increasingly digital. As companies try to keep up, they are increasingly open to risk and vulnerability in technology. Cyber-related crime is on a rise.

This means that there are so many critical skills needed and you have the opportunity to jump in. If you’re skilled in data and have an eye for detail this could be the career for you.

What is it?

The practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks.

What jobs can you do?

  • Chief information security officer
  • Security engineer
  • Security architect
  • Incident responder
  • Computer forensics expert


Also hot on the heels of this never-ending technology boom is the Financial Technology (FinTech) sector. It’s a niche sector, but one that is making big waves. As new technologies and financial products continue to materialize, more jobs are also being created to support the movement.

What is it?

Financial technology (FinTech or fintech) is a movement of technology and innovation used to support or enable banking and financial services.

What jobs can you do?

  • Blockchain Developer
  • Apps Developer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Product Manager
  • Compliance Expert


It seems Engineering is never going to get out of style. According to Engineering UK, research suggests that about 182,000 more workers are needed to fill engineering positions every year until the year 2022. However, the UK only produces around 46,000 engineering graduates each year.

The industry especially needs women! Did you know women only make up about 20% of all Engineering graduates? You could fill in the gap.

What is it?

Traditional specialisations include electrial, mechanical and aerospace. However, the rising branches include software engineering, biomedical engineering, virtual and augmented reality engineering.

What jobs can you do?

  • Multimedia Engineer
  • Optical Design Engineer
  • UAV Developer
  • Nuclear Engineer


Another industry that will always need skilled talent is the healthcare industry, especially as globalisation and the earth population continues to grow. In the UK alone, the National Health Service is short of 42,000 nurses, midwives and therapists.

As technology grows, there will also be a need for manpower especially skilled in niche areas such as biohacking and data driven pharmaceutical dispensing.

What is it?

The organized provision of medical care to individuals or a community.

What jobs can you do?

  • Healthcare content specialist
  • Surgery 3D specialist
  • Health data scientist
  • VR therapist

Choosing the Right Career is Difficult

These should give you some good ideas to play with when you try to decide where to study. One good strategy to apply once you have an idea on the industry you want to join is to study subjects that are more general. This means you’ll have more options to choose from and you can specialize in a specific skill later on your career by either taking on research roles, Master’s or even an MBA.

Get creative and good luck!

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