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Careers of the Future - 2021 and Beyond

When you decide what you want to study at College one of the biggest things you are likely to think about is the type of career you can get from your qualification.

The industry is changing and jobs that may not have existed 10 years ago are going to be very high in demand in the future. Similarly, certain industries will be requiring more and more staff as the necessity arises.

Explore some of the following jobs that will be very popular in the upcoming decade and find out how you can get the skills you need to succeed in 2021 and beyond.

Healthcare Assistant

As medicine and healthcare improves, the population in the UK are now living longer than ever before. This means that there will always be a need for professionals to deliver the care and administer the medicines. This is a market that is just going to keep growing and that relies on the empathy and compassion of its workers.

Consider studying a Health and Social Care course to progress in this field to learn about protecting the welfare of vulnerable groups including elderly people and those with disabilities. 

Related careers;

  • Midwife
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Nurse


Personal Trainer

Future generations are encouraged to take their health and fitness seriously, with adults in their 20’s more likely to be spending money on a gym membership than a night out on the town. This means that more Personal Trainers will be wanted in gyms and Nutritionists will be in demand to advise on the best lifestyle habits and diets for their health-conscious clients.

Does this sound like something you’d like to do? Studying a Sport National Extended Diploma will give the chance to learn about the anatomy and physiology of the body, alongside sports coaching and sports nutrition.

Related careers;

  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports Coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Gym Owner


Green Construction Worker

The next generation tend to be more environmentally-conscious and want to lead a greener lifestyle. This means that the demand for eco-friendly properties and facilities is higher than ever. Somebody that works in this industry would find themselves fitting water-efficient appliances or installing roofs with solar panels, or even constructing whole buildings. This career path covers small jobs and large-scale projects, meaning you have the scope to be self-employed or even part of a larger company.

There are a few options to train you for this type of career. If you 

An Electrical Installations course or a Site Carpentry course would give you a skillset that ensures that you will be prepared for your future.

Related careers;

  • Plumber
  • Bricklayer
  • Engineer

If conservation and wildlife is more your thing, you may want to consider a career as a Conservation Professional. 

Conservation professionals are responsible for ensuring that landscapes, habitats and species are protected and enhanced via appropriate management and conservation. They promote public understanding and awareness of the natural environment and help to develop and implement appropriate policies to achieve these objectives.

Find out more about our Countryside and Wildlife Conservation courses at our Spring Lane campus here.


Virtual Reality Designer

Some of the most exciting developments in the games industry over the last few years were in the digital technology of Virtual Reality. Developing this involves a knowledge of 3D design and animation.

In the future, Virtual Reality will become much more mainstream, with industries such as tourism will be using them to market their holidays and give customers an insight into what their holiday will be like. Virtual Reality headsets will also be used in education, to give students a deeper interactive learning experience.

Alongside your natural eye for design, studying a Games Development course will equip you with the practical skills you need to break into the virtual designing world.

Related careers;

  • Mobile and Application Developer
  • Digital Animator
  • Website Designer


Cyber Security Expert

As technologies advance, so do hackers. Cyber-based crimes are serious and can leave you and your details vulnerable to fraud and theft. The government are focussing heavily on tackling this issue, so now would be a great time to be thinking about learning the skills that keep our information and data safe online.

If you are tech-savvy you could begin your career in IT with a Computer Science course, which will teach you a wide range of skills in programming and computer applications. 

Related careers:

  • Website Coder
  • Network Engineer 
  • Programmer


Social Media Manager

With over 64% of the UK currently active social media users, businesses have found that using platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube are very effective advertising tools. Companies all over the country are looking for workers who know their way around social platforms and are able to promote their products and services online.

This career needs a wide range of skillsets that you could pick up from a Business course, giving you the insight into the marketing of companies. Alternatively, a Media production course could give you the skills to create engaging content.

Related careers:

  • Public Relations Executive
  • Marketing Executive
  • Content Creator


Primary School Teacher

There will always be the need for somebody to teach future generations the skills that they need to succeed. If you are great at explaining and teaching or have a wide skill base, there is an opportunity to start your career in teaching at any level.

If you would like to work with primary school students, you could begin your career with an Early Years course where you would learn how to work directly with children and young people.

Related careers:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Nursery Practitioner
  • Children's Holiday Representative

If you're ready to take the next steps onto a future-proof career, apply today.