University fees cost students an average of £9,000 a year. If you’re a student studying in another city, add living expenses and you’re almost up to £20,000 a year for 4 years. Some students are probably wondering, is it worth it?
The labour market has always been very competitive and continues to be so. With a university degree, (and internships or volunteer experience) you’ll put yourself far ahead of other candidates. We took a look at this year’s highest paying jobs and the university degrees that’ll get you there.
The degrees for a high paid job
1. One of the world’s most important fields today is within the STEM subjects. That’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM encompasses a whole range of careers including medical manufacturing, telecommunications, software developing, computer analysing, and engineering of all kinds.
A science based degree will set you up for a stable, prosperous career in medicine and science and research. Depending on the field you’d like to pursue, the education level will differ. Some jobs may require post graduate studies, a master or doctorate degree. Currently on JobisJob, one of the highest paid positions listed is within the field of Dentistry, averaging a salary of £60,000-£80,000 per year. Other jobs directly relating to medicine may include nurses, which require less studies, as well as doctors, therapists and veterinarians.
2. An engineering degree, much like a degree in science, is vital in today’s labour market. More than any other university degree, engineering graduates will, on average, find a job faster than their peers. Engineering incorporates a wide range of career choices ranging from aerospace engineering to civil engineering and software engineering. According to a government study in the UK for 2014, flight engineers are the highest paid engineers with an average salary of £90,420 per year. Other highly paid engineers include drilling, petroleum and mining engineers.
3. Technological advances are far from slowing down, and if you want in on the action, a degree focusing in technology will put you ahead of the game. In 2015, with the development of smart data, big data and everything in between, you bet there’s a demand within the tech sector. Top jobs in the tech sector include user experience or (UX) designers, coders, database administrators, data scientists, solutions and software architects.
4. Getting a degree within finance and business will give you the opportunity to flourish within the field! Though graduates may start out small in the business world, their growth opportunity is very high. Chief and senior positions in marketing and financial analysing top the charts on the pay scale. In demand jobs also include accounting, tax consulting, administration, and logisticians.
5. A degree in law isn’t easy, it means 4 years at university, post graduate studies acquiring legal qualification and years practicing as a solicitor. And this is all before starting your career! If you’re willing to put in the hours, the end rewards are worth it. Corporate and company solicitors generally earn the highest salaries, usually ranging from £25,000-£75,000, with senior partners earning well over £100,000 annually.
It’s your turn to decide. Which university degree will you pursue?