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Ten Top Careers of the Next Decade

As you know we are not ones to make hasty predictions at TheEmployable; if the passage of time has taught us anything, it’s that to do so is seldom wise and can lead to irksome embarrassment later on.

But the other day we stumbled across a document, which whilst speculatory in nature, we believe warrants a little further discussion “Careers of the Future” by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Although slightly dejected by the omission of some of our favourite absurd careers of the future, space cowboy for example, these predictions of what will be the most popular and in demand lines of work over the next decade is certainly worth taking seriously…not as gospel though of course.

There are very few surprises here; indeed the majority are roles which are quite popular and in demand today.  But in an economic and social climate as volatile as that in which we now live, it’s always useful to consider in what direction things will move in the future, and plan accordingly.


The ReportJob Hunter

The UK Commission has used the most recent occupational research available to showcase 40 top jobs in 10 key occupations, with the hope of inspiring and educating young people about the incredible range of careers that are open to them, and likely to be in high demand over the next decade or so.

The 10 key employment areas and their constituent careers are:


  • Farmers

Business and Finance


  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Architects
  • Construction project managers
  • Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers
  • Chartered surveyors

Education Career Change

Health and Care

Information Technology

  • Programmers and software developers
  • IT specialist managers
  • IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
  • IT project and programme managers
  • Web designers and developers

Manufacturing, Installation, and Maintenancemechanical engineering2

  • Electricians and electrical fitters
  • Metal working production and maintenance fitters
  • Pipe fitters
  • Aircraft maintenance and related trades
  • Telecommunications engineers

Protective Services

Science, Engineering & Technology

  • Mechanical engineers
  • Research and development managers
  • Physical scientists
  • Design and development engineers
  • Biological scientists and biochemists

Transport & Logistics

  • Aircraft pilots
  • Large goods vehicle drivers
  • Ship officers
  • Train and tram drivers

For loads more information on these roles and others that could be in demand in the next decade take a look at the full report.
If you need some more advice on choosing the career thats right for you, you might like to take a look at our amazing career directory, which is jam-packed with career guides for you to choose from.



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