Here at Unifresher, we recently ranked the lamest university degrees you can study in the UK- controversial, we know. Well, on a more positive note, we thought we’d come up with a list of the most useful university degrees too. In order to do this, we took a look at the UK Shortage Occupation List. This regularly updated list shows what industries have vacancies that need filling. This is particularly important to pay attention to now when Covid and Brexit have turned the job market upside down. In fact, Natwest’s Student Living Index in 2021, showed that one of the things uni students were most worried about was uncertainty about career prospects due to Covid.
So, maybe you’re in the midst of your UCAS application and not sure what subject to pick? Or perhaps, you’re in your third year and are looking for a little validation that it will be worth it. Whatever your motives, we have wrapped up the most employable subjects to study in 2022. So, here are the most useful university degrees to study in the UK.
Considering we are in the midst of a global pandemic, it may not come as a surprise that medicine is one of the degrees with the best post-grad employment prospects. Although training lasts considerably longer than other degrees, it’s one of the most stable subject choices for local and international students alike. Other related subjects that are in shortage at the moment include Dentistry, Psychology, Paramedical Science, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine.
The pandemic has exacerbated a shift to digital-first with everything from board meetings to school and pub quizzes moving online in the last couple of years. Therefore it’s not surprising that jobs in Computer science are lucrative in the UK right now. In fact, computer science is expected to see a growth of 15% by 2029.
Life Sciences and Biosciences
Life Sciences and Bioscience subjects are really good options to study at degree level when it comes to grad jobs. There are currently skills shortages in Pharmacology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics in the UK.
For budding creatives, you’re in luck. Graphic design jobs are in high demand right now. What’s more, doing Graphic Design at a degree level opens the doors to loads of opportunities. These include Creative Designer, UX designer, Production Artist, Art director or Marketing Specialist.
If you are passionate about a particular subject, or just about education in general, then why not consider a career as a teacher? Teaching jobs opportunities are plentiful these days and it can be a really fulfilling, social and flexible career- think, term holidays off work. The best employment options are in Secondary education as well as those dealing with speech and language impairment.
Engineers are in high demand across the UK and other countries across the world. Engineering can be a really fascinating and diverse career to get into. Plus it can lead to a number of high paying jobs. Categories that need workers include, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Design and development engineering and Chemical engineering.
A degree in Law remains one of the most useful subjects that you can study when it comes to employment prospects. It’s a diverse, challenging and enriching career and may lead on to a number of incredibly well-paid jobs. There are a range of related jobs that you can get with a Law degree. These include a Paralegal, a Probation officer, Mediator, Policy Analyst, Judge, Senior Compliance Officer or Immigration Lawyer.
Architecture could be the perfect mix of creativity with stable career prospects. As the world only continues to expand and more buildings are built, architects are always in high demand. In fact, there is a range of jobs that you can get with a degree in architecture. Some of these include Interior designer, Town planner, Structural engineer, Building Surveyor, Product Designer.
Already got a language under your belt? Then why not consider doing it at degree level. There are plenty of job opportunities for language graduates in the UK and abroad. Some popular career paths include interpreter, translator, Education, International Development worker, Journalism and PR. Alternatively, you could always pick up a language after uni by doing a Master’s abroad- in fact there are plenty of opportunities to study abroad for free in Europe.
A degree in Business is another great option when it comes to career prospects. Perhaps you’re a budding entrepreneur and are ready to launch your own company after you graduate? Business graduates also land jobs such as Accounting, Finance, management positions, Cosnulatancy or marketing.
Remember that there’s no black and white answer when it comes to picking a degree.
How well you do, comes down to how much effort you put in and more importantly- how much you enjoy the subject. There’s no point doing a science degree if your heart is in the arts. Follow your passions and remember to think outside of the box- University is supposed to be fun. Check out this list of universies with the best student life, if you know what to study but aren’t quite sure where to study it! Do you agree with this list? Let us know in the comments.