With the New Year upon us, you may well catch yourself thinking about how to make 2017 a successful year for you, whether that involves pursuing higher education or changing career direction. As technology continues to advance, so too does the UK jobs market and its subsequent hiring trends. Here are five career choices to seriously consider aiming for in the year that lies ahead.

Mobile app developer

With the rise of mobile apps looking to continue into 2017, it has been predicted that the number of app development roles available will also be on the up. With the percentage of people using mobile apps increasing, companies can use app creation to their advantage, increasing their accessibility. A role in app development can be really interesting and may allow room for creative freedom, so if you’re good with technology, mobile computing is certainly a career to consider in the New Year.

Nurse

According to thisismoney.co.uk, 58,788 nursing positions were being advertised in April 2016. This shocking statistic indicates a huge demand for registered nurses across the country. A report published by the UK government in February 2016 reported the same issue, claiming that the demand for nurses far exceeds supply. If you feel that you’re suitable for a career in healthcare, many people find the role incredibly rewarding.

SEO content writer

In this day and age, it’s incredibly important to get your company indexed and successfully ranking on Google's search results page. In order to do this, content must take the rules of search engine optimisation into account. Therefore, if you’re considering going into content writing or content marketing, it’s well worth specialising in writing for SEO purposes. With more and more companies starting to use SEO to their advantage, the search for SEO content writers will likely see a large increase over the next 12 months.

Web developer

With demand for IT professionals in a variety of fields surging, web development is perhaps one of the fastest growing areas, and it’s sometimes said that the demand for web developers is fast outstripping availability. Information presented by Business Insider UK predicts that web development jobs will have grown by 27% by 2024. Within web development, there are several skills in shortage which the industry is looking to address, including front-end development and PHP development. Focusing on these specific areas may stand you in good stead. You could consider a degree in BSc (Hons) Computing which covers the skills required to be a web developer.

Cyber security specialist

Between 2012 and 2015, the demand for cyber security professionals grew by almost 70% - today, there is still a great need for experts with specific skills in the area. From intrusion detection and risk mitigation, to network monitoring and security analysis, cyber security is of utmost importance to any company who engages with technology. There is no shortage of businesses in need of cyber security specialists, so studying MSc IT Security Management would be a good career move if you’re looking for professional stability.

If you’re interested in any of the careers mentioned above, Arden offer a variety of relevant courses which you can study entirely online or blended online and on-campus. Visit our course page to see the range of programmes available.

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