Top 10 tech careers for teens
Forget teacher, doctor or train driver, more than half of British teenagers think that traditional careers are outdated and are looking at the tech world for job inspiration.
According to a survey of 3,000 16 to 18 year-olds by Samsung, 85% of young people would consider a career in the tech sector, with social media influencer and app developer topping the dream list.
The other jobs in the top ten are:
- Video game developer
- Smart home designer
- 3D prop designer
- Software developer
- Vaccine developer
- Drone operator
- Social media manager
- Forensic computer analyst
The way that these teensagers see themselves working has shifted, too. The overwhelming majority (91%) believe they will have a portfolio of different careers rather than one career for life and (65%) think the traditional nine to five working patterns will be a thing of the past in the space of five years. Over half (55%) wouldn’t even consider working for a company that had strict 9 to 5 working hours, and 48% said they wouldn’t choose a job If they couldn’t work from home.
However, they are also feeling anxious about the future with (81%) concerned about mass unemployment and a lack of job opportunities after the pandemic.
The survey is part of Samsung’s Alternative Careers Guide, which includes a digital prospectus to give young people ideas about emerging career paths in technology. The prospectus features a series of interviews, fronted by radio and TV presenter, Roman Kemp in which he explores some of the roles available to young people by interviewing a selection of individuals spearheading their chosen career path. Guests to the series include a drone operator, an app developer, 3D proper designer and tech entrepreneurs.
The full Samsung report and alternative careers web series is at: https://www.samsung.com/uk/explore/kings-cross/