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5 Most Employable Degrees for 2020

20th July 2016 Posted by: Emily Adams

WITH so many students heading for university and grabbing those top class degrees, it can be a challenge to get the job at the end of all your hard work. Thankfully, there are a number of up-and-coming degrees you can study where the employment rates are set to soar in the next few years, or even decades. Certain types of degrees are becoming more and more popular and we’re here to help you navigate the minefield. Study one of the following employable degrees for 2020 and your future will instantly look that little bit brighter by the time you graduate.

Web development

It should come as no surprise that in our tech savvy society, website designers are in high demand. A degree in website design or website development is a degree worth considering when you note the employability rate at the end of it. According to internet marketing company, Magicdust, employment in this sector will grow by more than 20 per cent in the next 10 years and thankfully, this field shows no sign of slowing down. The first ever website was created in 1991, so in the grand scheme of things the internet is still in its infancy and rapidly growing, something graduates can take advantage of. Although the numbers are changing by the second, statisticians seem to agree that around 500 new websites are created every single minute, and someone’s got to design them. Let’s face it: we’re all reading this on a website right now.

Environmental science

Anything to do with the environment is a hot topic right now. Unfortunately for the planet, it’ll continue to become a pressing matter in the next few decades, but luckily for aspiring environmentalists, that means the job market is looking pretty rosy for you. Website environmentalscience.org (these guys surely know what they’re talking about) states that employment in the environmental science sector is projected to grow by 15 per cent by 2022, faster than the average for all other jobs. As time goes on, and the news becomes dominated by global warming and environmental concerns, our interest increases and the more it’s discussed and changes are proposed by politicians, the more we’ll need graduates to solve the problem.

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This may not seem very ‘up and coming’ but in recent years, nursing has made a comeback. While it’s not everyone’s dream career, it’s a rewarding one. You only have to look at the news to know that just about everywhere, demand outweighs supply when it comes to this profession and in the UK the number of students choosing to take on a nursing degree has been on the rise since the health minister in 2009 announced that all new nurses should have degrees from 2013. While the number of nursing students has grown year on year, the UK’s National Health Service reported this year that there are more than 23,000 vacancies that need to be filled and in 2015, nearly 3 million people were employed as registered nurses in the US. So if you do decide to take on this employable course, there’ll be more than a few job opportunities for you at the end.

International business or finance

The business world is a complicated one, littered with political and tactical minefields. Whether it’s local tax laws or international codes of practices, international business studies is overtaking the classic ‘business studies’ degree. Companies want people who understand the complexities of regulations overseas as business becomes globalised with the rise of international trade and the spread of multiculturalism. Universities including York’s St John’s University and Glynd┼Ár University in Wales are boasting 100% employment rates for their international business students – you can’t get more employable than that.

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Engineering (of any kind!)

Engineering UK reported last year that in 2012/13 there were more than 10.3 million qualifications were achieved in further education in the UK, and of these a staggering 1.25 million were in engineering-related occupations. Whether it’s a civil engineer, a structural engineer, or a biomedical engineer, this is a degree more and more people are studying. Engineering UK has also reported that the number of students pursuing engineering has been rising steadily since 1999 and demand for biomedical engineers, the elite of the medical world, is expected to increase by 27 per cent in the next ten years. As fewer people study maths and sciences, more people are opting for engineering and the vast career opportunities it presents.

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