The digital economy is booming. In fact, the tech industry is growing faster than any other sector in the UK. Businesses are crying out for people with the right knowledge and the digital skills your child learns today could set them up for a successful career in the future. Here’s a roundup of the top digital jobs in 2020.
1. Web Developer
One of the most sought-after skills in today’s job market, a web developer designs, codes and manages web pages and applications. If your child is interested in a career in web development, there are a myriad of online coding courses they can explore including CoderDojo, FunTech, and Code Club
2. User Experience (UX) Designer
UX is about managing the look and feel of a website or product and making sure end users have the best experience possible. UX design requires an impressive mix of creative and technical skills – from research and testing, through to design and implementation. If your child is interested in technology and design, this may be a career path they’d like to explore. If they’d like to learn more about UX, they can find a great list of free UX design courses on Butter Academy
3. Ethical Hacker
Cyber security is a top concern in the modern workplace and it’s crucial that businesses are always prepared for any potential threats that may arise. The crux of an ethical hacker’s work is to figure out how easy it is to break into computer systems, helping to secure them against potential malicious hacks in the future. This is a crucial role for governments and banks, as well as brands who host lots of data, such as Netflix and Google.
4. Software Engineer
Software engineers are responsible for design, development, maintenance, testing, and evaluation of computer software. The job is highly complex and most practitioners have qualifications in computer science. Although software is not necessarily reliant on the internet, opportunities for this profession have boomed thanks to the digital revolution. An early interest in coding and mathematics is useful, so children's coding courses are a great place to start. For older children, it's always worth checking out what IT apprenticeships are being offered on Prospects.ac.uk
5. Social Media Manager
A decade ago this role was non-existent, but looking after a brand’s social channels is now big business. A social media manager interacts with customers and innovates new content to engage them with. The role can also be quite analytical, as social media managers rely on data trends to inform their decisions. Almost all businesses have some sort of social media plan, and companies with a strong brand presence, like Disney, Apple, Coca Cola and Vodafone rely heavily on theirs to cultivate a positive image and communicate to customers.
6. SEO Specialist
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is intented to helps brands push their website to the top of search engine results. SEO specialists are those with the know-how to make this happen. To become an SEO expert, you’ll need an interest in what makes search engines like Google ‘tick’ (check out websites dedicated to this, such as Moz and Search Engine Land). The good news? Almost all businesses need this skill thanks to the fierce competition for consumers’ attention.
7. Digital Marketer
Marketing has always been about connecting with target audiences in the right place, at the right time. In today's world, most of us spend a large portion of our day online, which means that's where the marketeers need to be. A digital marketing manager is responsible for conceptualising, implementing and managing campaigns that raise brand awareness and help to sell products. If your child is a great multi-tasker, a people person, and in tune with current trends, this could be the right career for them.