What does the future hold?

Posted: 7th of September 2015 by Anonymous

No one can entirely predict the future, but when you are considering which career to go into, it is worth thinking about growth areas of employment.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills collate information on jobs and predict which markets will grow in the near future. The following five jobs are from their top 100 list and are the careers expected to see the greatest growth in job opportunities between now and 2022.

Sales accounts and business development managers

The role of business development manager or account manager in sales is a pretty good career option for someone with the gift of the gab. There are definitely opportunities for good sales people to progress within a company by proving themselves and as with project managers there are opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad as part of the role.

Good sales people are able to identify opportunities for new business, understand customer needs and meet those needs – they are also vital to successful business growth and thus the UK economy.

Entry into these roles will very much depend on the level of job role the candidate begins at and the field that they work in and some specialised sectors, like science will require particular qualifications and expertise. Communication and negotiation skills are extremely important, so again, combining these with a subject that develops communication skills is recommended.  Apprenticeships are available in sales and telesales, so for those wanting to get started and apply themselves in a job – this could be ideal.

 

Current number employed

436,000

Predicted increase in number employed

74,000

Average weekly hours

39

Average hourly pay

£23.59

Average weekly pay

£920

Average annual pay

£47,840

 

Programmers and software developers

Programmers and software developers are at the heart of British business and work across many sectors, from aerospace to retail working on in areas like games and mobile apps to big business retail and manufacturing.  It’s an incredibly fast-paced area of work and keeping ahead of the curve is just part of the job, as is working as part of a team.

Programming and developing is highly skilled and most people working in it have a degree either in an IT related subject or in an alternative numerical study route such as maths or physics and those wanting to enter this career could take a variety of routes, including A-levels, full time vocational qualifications such as national extended diplomas, HNCs and HNDs or an apprenticeship, such as the IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals apprenticeship, which is available at intermediate, advanced and higher levels.  From any of these qualification routes candidates can either enter into full time employment or progress to a full honours degree.

 

Current number employed

277,000

Predicted increase in number employed

56,000

Average weekly hours

39

Average hourly pay

£21.03

Average weekly pay

£820

Average annual pay

£42,640

 

Nurses

Nursing offers an opportunity to do something of great value both to individuals and to society as a whole and openings are likely to increase significantly in the future as the population grows and people live longer.

There are a great many nursing specialisms, such as children’s nurse, practice nurse or theatre nurse and nurses work in many fields, such as private healthcare, hospitals and the Armed Forces. To be a nurse you must hold a degree in pre-registration nursing, which leads to registration with the nursing and midwifery council (NMC) – this allows you to practice.

It is possible to work up to a nursing role from a healthcare assistant position – but this does still involve undertaking a degree.

Knowing or anticipating developments which affect employment is a valuable tool for making informed choices and recorded, historical employment statistics reflect developments that have changes industries over time  - for example, the discovery of penicillin changes healthcare and the 1902 Education Act affected the building and construction industries as well as teaching because it led to more schools being built.

 

Current number employed

628,000

Predicted increase in number employed

157,000

Average weekly hours

39

Average hourly pay

£17.18

Average weekly pay

£670

Average annual pay

£34,840

 

Care Workers

By 2037 it is expected that 1 in 10 people in the UK will be over 75 years old. This means that demand for people working in caring roles is set to increase vastly.

Although care work doesn’t pay particularly well, those who work in these job roles feel that the job that they do and the difference that they make to the lives of others is rewarding itself. The kind of tasks involved include assisting people with eating and helping them wash, dress and get around, but also spending time with them and getting them engaged in activities.

Employers are looking for people who really want to make a difference and care about others and often people enter this job initially by doing some volunteering.

There are no specific entry requirements for the role of care worker, but there are a variety of ways to train, through full time diplomas in Health and Social Care or through an apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (intermediate or advanced).

Current number employed

729,000

Predicted increase in number employed

196,000

Average weekly hours

42

Average hourly pay

£8.57

Average weekly pay

£360

Average annual pay

£18,720

 

Teaching assistants

Teaching or classroom support assistants play an important role in education. They support the teacher with planning lessons to meet individual pupil needs and they support pupils with their learning.

There are lots of routes into this job – you can study for an early year’s qualification full time or you could do an apprenticeship. As with all educational roles though, you will need to have an enhanced criminal records check (CRB) in order to work with children and vulnerable people.

There are a variety of supporting roles in education, such as learning or teaching support assistant that you can access via an advanced apprenticeship. You could also specialise in say supporting physical learning, or supporting the learning of children with disabilities via an apprenticeship.

Current number employed

364,000

Predicted increase in number employed

98,000

Average weekly hours

35

Average hourly pay

£9.43

Average weekly pay

£330

Average annual pay

£17,160

 

 

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