Seven growth sectors for graduate jobs

Pursuing a degree in the UK as an international student is a big investment. It is, therefore, important to think about how studying in the UK may benefit your future career.

The introduction of the 'Graduate Route Visa'or 'Post-study Work Visa (PSW)' is a major benefit for international students as it provides the right to remain in the UK and work for up to two years after you finish your course.

However, having the ‘right to work’ is different from finding the ‘right work’. So, with the impact of Covid-19 being felt across the UK economy, which sectors are likely to see growth in demand for graduates?

Cyber security

A UK government report published before Coronavirus hit indicted that 64% of cyber firms have faced problems with technical cyber security skills gaps or finding skilled employees.

With so much more of what we do happening online (especially during lockdowns) there will be a growing need for ensuring that our data is kept safe and secure.

It’s clear that demand for skilled cyber security professionals will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.


Mental health is increasing recognised as an important aspect across all sections of society. From children and adolescents to mental health in the workplace and anxiety and depression amongst the elderly, there are clear mental health challenges acros the board.

Recognising the impact of the pandemic on mental health, the UK government has pledged to spend £500 million on supporting mental health services in England post-Covid.

Expect to see a significant demand for graduates in psychology and related subjects.

Green technology

While fighting the pandemic has taken centre stage over the past twelve months, it is clear that the environment remains top of the government’s long-term agenda. As we build back from Covid, expect to see a focus on building back greener.

Investment in green technologies will be the major trend over the coming decade. Green technology cuts across all sectors, from energy and transport to protecting the ecosystem and water conservation.

A degree which focuses on the environment is not just good for the planet, it’s also a good way to future-proof your career!

Space technology

The space sector has been growing rapidly for the last couple of decades, trebling in size since the year 2000. Access to space is becoming easier and, from GPS to entertainment and weather forecasting, space technology has become integrated into our daily lives.

The UK government has recently announced it will focus heavily on this high-value sector which is predicted to grow to over £400 billion per annum by 2030.

If you want to find out which UK universities are best for spacecraft engineering courses: check out our recent blog post

However, roles in the space sector are not restricted to scientists and engineers. There is a fast-growing need for lawyers, computer and data specialists, and economists amongst others.

Bio-medicine and pharmaceuticals

The Covid pandemic has awoken the world to the need for greater research into contagious diseases and for the rapid development of vaccines and therapeutic drugs. There will be a growing need for skilled graduates from across the biomedical fields as the pharmaceutical industry looks set for strong and sustained growth.

Going forward, the pharmaceutical industry will require and an increasing number of graduates and postgraduates with the knowledge and skills to ensure the effective R&D, regulation, manufacture and distribution of preventative and therapeutic drugs.

Computer game development

There’s no denying that there has been a computer game revolution over the past couple of decades. The computer game development is a highly skilled, multi-billion-pound industry and lock-down has led to increased spending on at-home entertainment.

The UK is where games such as Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and the Tomb Raider video game series were created and it is a great place to get into the industry.

AI and big data

It is often said that data is becoming the world’s most valuable asset. However, it is understanding data on a large scale and developing effective processes to gain valuable insights and optimise outputs that will be really important.

Graduates who are able to interpret complex datasets, apply mathematical modelling and have high-level computer programming skills will be very much in demand.

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Rachel Burgon
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Published on 2 March 2021
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