Use this careerometer tool to compare the average earnings, working hours and predicted job openings.
THE LMI for all careerometer allows you to compare one job with another. For example blow you can see that careers in merchandising and window dressing are set to fall (perhaps because we shop online?)
To compare careers that you are considering, simply type in the first career that you think you might be interested in and select from the drop down list, then add your second and third choices to see the comparison.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published its report into Careers of the Future in December 2014 and this is intended to help young people or those who are supporting young people in making their educational and career choices to make an informed decision. The UKCES has analysed the UK job market and produced a list of the top 40 jobs for the future based on likely job opportunities, areas of predicted growth based on the needs of business and average pay. Obviously career choices are personal and the satisfaction that we gain from our jobs is an important contributing factor to well-being.
Some jobs predicted to grow between now and 2022
Business and financial project managers
Project management roles are key to success in all areas of business. Project managers coordinate, supervise, review and manage teams and the process and as such organisational skills and communication are vital, together with leadership skills and, if the role is a financial project management role, then finance and accounting skills also.
Project management roles can take you all over the world to work, carry a lot of responsibility and can be very rewarding as a career and also financially.
There are a variety of educational routes into a career as a project manager, from vocational qualifications, which are available as full time college courses at from level one, right up to HNCs (higher national certificates) and HNDs (higher national diplomas), vocational apprenticeships in project management level 4 (higher), and of course A-levels and full honours degrees.
On a project management higher apprenticeship you can train in roles like
- project manager
- project co-ordinator
- project executive
- project support officer
Sales accounts and business development managers
With predicted future openings of 241,000 and an average salary of £38k, 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. There are obviously no GCSES or A-levels in sales, although there are in business, so this could be a good starting place. 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.
Programmers and software developers
Programmers and software developers work across many sectors, from games and mobile apps to big business retail and manufacturing. It’s an incredibly fast-paced area of work and keeping up to date is just part of the job, as is working as part of a team.
Related study routes are IT / computing, maths or physics and those wanting to enter the careers could take a variety of routes, including A-levels, full time vocational qualifications, such as national extended diplomas, HNCs and HNDs and apprenticeships, such as the IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals apprenticeship. From any of these qualification routes candidates can either enter into full time employment or progress to a full honours degree.