Do you like using analytical skills to look at data or information and drawing conclusions from the results?
Would you like using maths and practical problem solving skills and working with computers?
If so this sector could be for you.
- The digital sector is growing faster than any other part of the economy. According to Tech Nation Report 1.7 million people work in digital and this contributes £120 billion to the UK economy.
- Digital jobs are spread out across the UK but there is a large concentration of Tech companies that extend from London along the M4 corridor including Newbury, Oxford, Reading, to Bristol and Wales and also fans out along the south coast to Southampton and Portsmouth and extends up to Cheltenham and Gloucestershire.
- There is a big shortage of people to work in the Tech sector.
- If you work in a Tech job you are likely to earn at least £10,000 a year more than a non tech job. Many of these tech jobs are in non tech companies.
Data Analyst/ Data Scientist.
There is a growth in companies and the government wanting to collect and analyse 'Big Data'. This often involves collecting in real time lots of different data and then running reports and analysing the results to look for meaningful conclusions. This can affect government policy or business decisions.
Hardware/ Networks - The growth in 'the internet of things'
People's homes are changing with the introduction of smart technology that communicates over the internet. For example you can control your lighting, heating, fridge and kettle remotely all from your phone and internet connection. The reliance on wifi and our expectations to do more on our phones and at home has meant there are lots of jobs for telecommunications engineers, and hardware/ electronics engineers.
Routes into this sector:
- GCSEs in English and maths, science, computer studies will be a useful start to get into these careers.
- At 16 you could do A levels which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills through an apprenticeship or vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
- For data roles it is worth looking at degrees in Data Science. The IT Management for Business degree has been put together by a group of 30 large Tech companies and universities.
- The Digital Technology Solutions BSc apprenticeship - This innovative programme equips degree apprentices with the skills they need to work in a wide range of graduate-level tech and digital roles, including business analyst, cyber security analyst, data analyst, IT consultant, network engineer and software engineer.These would mean you would gain your degree whilst being employed and working, so you wouldn't have to pay any fees.
- Many local businesses offer apprenticeships especially in network support and maintenance. There maybe some available in data analytics.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding Courses and Training
- People get into these jobs with a range of different related and non related qualifications. You can find out more about some of the relevant qualifications in this sector at Tech Future Careers
- To find out what A Levels you need to study a computer science degree
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to networks, hardware and data that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to network, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you (there are other ways to look for an apprenticeship too).
- To find a vocational course related to data and network at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find an university level course related to data and network
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