Today is both an exciting and threatening time to begin to study for a degree. By Lawrence Watt

On the one hand there are many skills shortages in professional areas. On the other, technology is developing so fast that many jobs could soon be done by machines. How do you know that the degree you enrol in this year, will enable you to make money in three, 10 or 30 years?

The following degrees give a graduate a good chance of getting a job, with reasonable money to be made over the longer term.

Bachelor of IT or Engineering

Today’s world has recently entered a state of rapid change in automation – soon we will have fully autonomous cars, trucks and buses. This revolution is creating demand across both IT and electrical engineering. Salaries for automation engineers may already be higher than for civil engineers (which is where the money has traditionally been).

Cyber Security

Cyber security has taken over from the gumshoe detectives of old. It’s just one of the roles in IT that is currently in high demand, and likely to continue as more business is done online, and the potential for online fraud increases.

Marketing 

Look at the wide choice of summer beers in a supermarket. With any product, it’s how they are packaged and promoted that drives their success, perhaps as much as the quality of the product itself. Good training in marketing is a long-term investment
in your future.

Building/Construction

There’s a wide range of degrees for people who want to work in the building industry especially in Auckland – including civil engineers, architects, designers and town planners.

Bachelor of Design

Ever wondered who designed that smart-looking merino top or waterproof sandals you wish you could afford? Many are designed by graduates of industrial and product design. Money for industrial and product designers starts at around $41,000 and with a fair bit of experience, you could command more than $100,000.

Planning and environmental planning

Predator-free 2050 and climate change are two trends that will drive demand for graduates in planning and environmental planning.

BSC or a BA in maths

New Zealand currently has a shortage of teachers and maths and science teachers are sought-after. And although the initial salary for a primary school teacher of around $54,000 may not sound high, the new Government has promised to look at this and other
teaching roles.

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