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The 10 Most In-Demand Professions in the World Today

There are basically two main reasons we acquire education, whether formal or informal; one is to pursue an interest we have; and two is to offer value to the market. Most other reasons directly or indirectly fall within these two. If you are studying a course you have interest in, you are doing so in the hopes that the resulting skills and knowledge you develop will qualify you to offer value and get paid in return.

If this is the case, then you want to be sure that in addition to having interest in the profession you choose, there is equally a high demand for such profession as well as good pay in the market. I mean, why would you want to study a course with little to know market value?

So today, we bring you the 10 most in-demand professions in the world today. By the way, if you are new here, consider subscribing to After School Africa to continue exploring opportunities and watching videos like this one below:

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If you’re in the early stage of your career or want to find a new and exciting career path, here are the top 10 most in-demand professions in the world today!

Note that the demand for each profession varies by country and region. One advice I’ll like to give is to speak to someone in the field you have interest in, and  follow industry news relating to that profession.

10. Engineering Manager

Engineer managers are in high demand in major countries across the world. Engineering managers are responsible for directing, planning and coordinating projects, as well as supervising employees in architectural and engineering companies. They’re in charge of arranging schedules and ensuring budgets are met.

To become an engineering manager, you would need to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management or in technology management. Alternatively, a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), along with significant work experience in the field, will also get your foot in the door.

9. Accountant

As startups begin to expand and companies grow, the need for qualified accountants is also on the rise. These businesses need skilled professionals to manage their accounts, maintain their bookkeeping and ensure that the payroll is completed correctly. However, many experts believe that with innovations in accounting technologies with Artificial Intelligence, the demand for traditional accountants is likely to diminish in the near future, with jobs tending towards accountants with technology skills.

8. IT Data Analyst

IT data analysts are in high demand in countries across the world. If you have a knack for numbers, you could excel in translating data into understandable and straightforward terms. From figures to statistics, your role as an IT data analyst is to transform the data provided which can be used to help the company make better decisions.

As well as analysing data, you’ll be responsible for budgeting, scheduling and coordinating seminars, technology training courses and conferences for all IT employees. In order to excel in this role, you’ll need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in information systems or computer science.

7. Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers are in high demand in 16 countries across the world. Electrical engineers are responsible for developing new electronic devices, as well as solving issues and testing new products. They spend their day working on a diverse range of technology from small devices like alarm systems to large supercomputers. A bachelors degree in electrical engineering will get you started. 

6. Civil Engineer

Civil engineers are accountable for maintaining and adapting infrastructures that we depend on every day, from roads to railways, and bridges to energy and water supply. They maintain and adapt infrastructures according to the challenges they face, including population growth, natural disasters and climate change. The road to pursuing this high-paying job isn’t easy; it requires years of study, along with practical experience in the field before becoming a professional civil engineer.

5. Doctor / Medical Practitioner

Doctors and medical practitioners are in high demand in countries across the world.

A general doctor or medical practitioner is a physician who doesn’t specialize in one particular area of medicine. Instead, they have a general knowledge of all types of illnesses in order to diagnose and treat different conditions and infections. They are the go-to person if you have had an accident or feel unwell, and if they can’t treat you, they will point you in the right direction of a specialist who can advise on the steps that you need follow.

4. Nurse

With a shortage of nurses in the UK, the US and other developed countries, the positions for qualified nurses are more in-demand than ever before. Skilled nurses are needed both in the public and private healthcare sectors.

If you have the passion for helping people and want a rewarding career, this may be the profession for you! You will need to bear in mind, though, that working hours and other aspects of the job can be demanding, but it’s all worth it, knowing that you’ve achieved something life-changing in a single day’s work!

3. Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers are in high demand in countries across the world. Mechanical engineers are accountable for designing, developing, building and testing mechanical devices, including engines, machines and tools. These can vary across industries and roles, but they can work on power-producing products like electric generators, mechanical motors, gas turbines, electrical appliances, lifts and escalators.

Like the other engineers on this list, mechanical engineers rely heavily on the use of computer-aided software and can be found working in research and development, the government and manufacturing industries.

2. Electronics Engineer

An electronics engineer isn’t too dissimilar from an electrical engineer; however, their main focus is on the system’s smaller part, like a computer’s circuit board. They also focus on creating small electronic gadgets, such as GPS systems and music devices like iPods.

To succeed in this position, you must have a great understanding of maths, science and electronics to be able to bring ideas to life.

1. Software Developer

Software developers are the most high demand professions in countries across the world.

In today’s digital age, it’s not hard to see why the demand for software developers has been on the rise. With everyone moving to a digital outlet, the need for cleverly built websites and programs is higher than ever before!

Depending on your interests, there are many areas you can work in. For example, if you’re interested in makeup, you can work as an in-house developer for a large online retailer. Alternatively, you can become a freelancer and choose what type of projects you’d like to take on.

In conclusion, no matter what field you choose, whether it’s on this list or not, you can build a successful career if you understand where the industry is headed and how to position yourself as a professional.

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