In this half of our series on increasingly in-demand degrees in the global landscape (view part one here), we look at the quickly growing energy, technology, and health sectors. If you’re of a scientific frame of mind, developing a career plan around one of these fields could open up many future employment opportunities and at the same time help you make a real contribution to society. Highly skilled graduates capable of designing innovative computing technology, researching new energy sources, and guiding nutrition are almost guaranteed to prosper in the coming decades.
Advances in computing are being made constantly. As we’ve already seen, the vast amount of valuable data stored online, from bank details to national security secrets, has opened up a whole new breed of criminals—hackers. To combat this threat, security researchers and technicians need to be even more skilled than the “bad guys” in order to protect citizens around the world. The importance of this subject is reflected by the voting in a recent debate hosted by The Economist, and even President Obama recently claimed that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.” Those with degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and computer information systems will be highly sought after to address growing computer security threats.
If you’re interested in studying engineering, sustainable energy should definitely be included in your potential career plan. Nearly every president, prime minister and elected official worldwide acknowledges the need to find sustainable new energy sources and ways to manage pollution. As the need grows, this translates to jobs. Investments in environmental initiatives are increasing, which means that more and more “green collar jobs” are being created.
A section in The New York Times highlights companies that have started to use sustainable practices, and businesses all over the world are feeling the pressure to prove their green credentials. With a little bit of forward planning when choosing a degree, today’s students could be in the vanguard of these enterprises. Talented graduates with a range of technical backgrounds will be needed, including systems engineers to construct better regulatory systems, and electrical engineers to research energy-saving technologies and devise new ways to reduce emissions.
We’re all familiar with the obesity epidemic plaguing the U.S. A recent report in Time revealed a 7% increase in the proportion of children aged 8 years to 17 years with elevated blood pressure, setting a dangerous precedent for their later lives. Many people simply don’t know how to eat in a way that’s nutritionally balanced, and that’s where dietetics comes in. Studying biomedical science, nutrition and human behavior, graduates in this discipline are needed in hospitals, sporting associations, health clubs and several other venues. If you’re a good communicator with a passion for health, this could be the ideal career to let you genuinely help people and make a difference.
Do you know about other fields that are growing globally? What advice would you give our readers in regard to career preparation? Share your insights in the comments below.