The 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in the World

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Whether you’re deciding what to study at university or which career path to follow, you’ll ideally want to choose a career that both pays well and is in high demand. After all, you’ll have a better chance of success when there’s a plethora of positions up for grabs and when there are fewer candidates to compete with.

So, if you’re in the early stages of your career or you want to find a new and exciting career path, then look no further!

These are the top 10 most in-demand jobs in the world!

10. Engineering manager

Average salary: $112,777 (US) / £46,469 (UK)

Demand: Engineer managers are in high demand in 9 countries across the world, including Australia, Switzerland and the UK.

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 (MEM or MSEM) or in technology management (MSTM). 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

Average salary: $50,149 (US) / £28,590 (UK)

Demand: Accountants are in high demand in 11 countries across the world, including Finland, Ireland and South Korea.

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.

Accountants will also ensure that the companies’ spending is kept within budget and will set up a financial plan to ensure they’re achieving their goals, receiving profits and expanding in the way they desire.

8. IT data analyst

Average salary: $58,283 (US) / £25,769 (UK)

Demand: IT data analysts are in high demand in 11 countries across the world, including Brazil, the Netherlands and the US.

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

Average salary: $73,225 (US) / £31,180 (UK)

Demand: Electrical engineers are in high demand in 16 countries across the world, including Canada, Germany and New Zealand.

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.

They begin by planning their designs, either by sketching or using computer-aided software, before starting on the electromagnetism and electronics of the actual device.

6. Civil engineer

Average salary: $64,373 (US) / £30,540 (UK)

Demand: Civil engineers are in high demand in 16 countries across the world, including Chile, Mexico and Turkey.

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

Average salary: $140,234 (US) / £50,843 (UK)

Demand: Doctors and medical practitioners are in high demand in 16 countries across the world, including Canada, Israel and Japan.

A general doctor or medical practitioner is a physician who doesn’t specialise 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

Average salary: $62,695 (US) / £23,556 (UK)

Demand: Nurses are in high demand in 18 countries across the world, including Austria, New Zealand and Russia.

With a shortage of nurses in both the UK and the US, the positions for qualified nurses are more in-demand than ever before. In order to ensure that illnesses are diagnosed, treated and monitored correctly, skilled nurses are needed both in the public and private healthcare sectors.

If you have the passion for helping others and want a rewarding career, look no further! 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

Average salary: $68,881 (US) / £30,162 (UK)

Demand: Mechanical engineers are in high demand in 19 countries across the world, including Greece, Spain and the US.

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

Average salary: $74,936 (US) / £29,012 (UK)

Demand: Electronic engineers are in high demand in 19 countries across the world, including Brazil, France and Slovakia.

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

Average salary: $69,583 (US) / £30,675 (UK)

Demand: Software developers are in high demand in 24 countries across the world, including Japan, the UK and the US.

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.

Which of these careers take your fancy? Join the conversation down below and let us know!

This article was adapted from Michael Page’s chart of the most in-demand professions in the world. Salary information is based on data compiled and published by PayScale on 6 September 2018.

This article is an updated version of a previous article originally published on 3 March 2017.