The Best Jobs For The Future, and The Degrees Required To Get Them

November 11, 2021

Looking at the future and the jobs that will be high in demand might be a daunting task. You have always wanted to be an engineer, teacher or nurse, but will this still be in demand in the next 10 years? Will you be able to continue in your field after that? In this blog we answer two important questions for your future. What are the best future jobs and, more importantly, what are the degrees required to get them?

Before we start diving into the list of future jobs, this list is based on the information listed by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. These jobs are filtered by the highest growth rate, and are thus an indication of what will be in demand. At the end of this article, we've included our own opinion on the coolest jobs of the future - let us know if you agree!

Software Engineers

This job comes as a given in the future. Thinking about the future, you can easily envision how self-driven cars, drones, and automation will be part of the picture. Being a software engineer goes deeper than just programming the apps on your phone or doing an update for TIKTOK or Instagram. In the near future, these basic programming skills will also be automated. Basic tech literacy will ensure that you are giving Siri 6.0 the commands - and not the other way around!

Degree pathways:

  • BA in Software Engineering
  • BSc in Software Engineering
  • BSc in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Computer Engineering technology
  • BSc of Applied Science in Information Technology
  • Computer sciences

Financial Managers

Finance - the entity that some people say makes the world go round. This involves making sure that your future and your company's future is well planned for. Financial managers have an array of different responsibilities, from planning the financial future for large-scale institutions to focusing on individuals and their specific family needs. They have a firm hand on investments and develop long-term financial plans.
Alongside this career, risk management will also be growing in the near future. Balancing risk with profit is always a fine line to dance upon.

Degree pathways

  • BSc Investment Management
  • BSc Financial Services management
  • BSBA in Financial services
  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • BA in Finance and Accounting
  • BCom in Financial management

Nurse Practitioners

People will always have the ability to jump off a roof, twist an ankle, or stub their toe against the couch corner. Due to major breakthroughs in the medical field and extended life expectancies, the population keeps growing. More people need medical assistance throughout the world than ever before - and this will never change. Yes, AI might take over small procedures in the future, but human interaction in this field is there to stay.

Degree Pathways

  • BSN (Bachelor in Nursing)
  • BSc in RN
  • Nursing
  • Associate of Science in Nursing

Information Security Analyst

In the digital age, keeping information safe is of utmost importance. An information security analyst installs software to protect your information. In addition to creating and updating firewalls this person will also find vulnerabilities in a companies' security software and manage any breaches to information security. In other words, you will be responsible for hacking your company and making sure no-one else can! This is one of the most high-profile future jobs, and here are the degrees required to do it:

Degree pathways

  • BSc Computer science
  • Information assurance
  • BSc in Computer Science and Engineering
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  • Advanced degree in cyber security

Industrial Engineering

Optimization - to make it happen quickly and efficiently with the best quality and highest profit. Therefore, an industrial engineer focuses on the process of manufacturing, using industry knowledge, new innovations, and new technologies to optimize the work space. Part of the job description in big factories is planning maintenance and managing people to have the best possible processes for the company. And, yes, they will be able to explain the hard math problem!

Degree pathway

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Process Engineering

Entering the workforce will always be a big step, and making sure you have the right degree is the first step to your success. Although these jobs will be high in demand in the future, make sure to also pursue your passion. As Confucius said: "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life." So make sure you know what you're looking for before you take steps into the unknown!

A Little Extra

And now, we've gathered up the jobs that we think are the coolest that are going to be available as a career path in the next 10 years. Be sure to check them out.

Professional Sleeper

Chief Shopping Officer

Private Island Caretaker

Water Slide Tester

Whatever your dreams, it's important to know the best future jobs, and what degrees are required to work in them. You could be the next great Information Security Analyst - or maybe your journey will lead you down a new path entirely!

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