Far from every entrant seriously thinks whether the chosen profession will remain relevant after graduation from the university, and for how long it will remain in demand. However, Slovenian educational institutions in real-time mode adapt to changes in the European labour market, introducing new areas of study, modernising the outdated ones and getting rid of the irrelevant ones. Therefore, graduates of Slovenian higher educational institutions have no problems with employment. If there are no suitable vacancies in Slovenia, they can safely work in any other European country.

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In this article, we want to draw the attention of applicants to the most promising professions of the next decade and tell you what salary specialists in Europe can rely on.

Eight Professions Relevant in the Next Decade

1. Programmer / Software Developer

Programmers are engaged in the development of software for the automation of various processes (accounting, sales, security systems, production, etc.), the creation of mobile applications and websites, as well as operating systems using programming languages.

Programmers are trained at universities and continue studying throughout their work activities, since the processes in IT are developing rapidly. The lack of high-quality system education in programming, coupled with the active growth of the IT sector, create a huge personnel shortage. Therefore, specialists with relevant knowledge and skills in the associated trends in the IT sector are valued in the European and global labour market.

The income level of a programmer depends on the mastered programming language, the specialization, the company size, the experience and knowledge of foreign languages. On average, the salary of a specialist in this field ranges from 24 to 42 thousand euros per year, although the “star” programmers can earn much more.

2. Data Scientist

This is a new profession related to data management. Data scientists work with big data – they collect, systematise, analyse and interpret a huge amount of data. The result of their work are knowledge bases that are used for machine learning of artificial intelligence. This technology is used to personalize site content and search engines, in face and voice recognition systems, as well as for commercial purposes – reports of data experts help company managers in making management decisions. Data scientists must have a flexible mind and be equally good at math, statistics, logic and computer science.

The average salary of specialists in this field is 48 thousand euros per year, although this is a very average value. Depending on skills, the employer and the country, the data scientist can earn from 17 thousand euros per year, such as in Russia, and up to 117 thousand euro per year, as in Switzerland.

3. Mechanical Engineer

A person who owns this profession can work in rocket production or heavy engineering, as well as in factories for the production of vacuum cleaners or coffee machines. In a broad sense, mechanical engineers are engaged in the design, creation and maintenance of various machines and mechanisms. With knowledge of the exact sciences and relevant skills, a specialist can delve into a specific area.

The salary of mechanical engineers in the European labour market is on average from 44 to 52 thousand euros per year. The greatest demand for mechanical engineers is now in Germany, where a highly qualified specialist with knowledge of the German language has the opportunity to earn 65 thousand euros per year.

4. Financial Consultant

This is a professional in financial management, helping individuals and companies to properly manage their income, calculate expenses, determine a budget or select an investment object. A financial consultant may work privately or be an employee of a consulting company, be an employee of a bank, an insurance or investment firm. To start a career in this area, you need to receive a degree in Economics, Accounting, Banks and Loans or Finance, as well as learn English and master the skills of sales.

Employers are ready to pay considerable money to competent specialists in this field. For example, the average salary of a financial consultant in Ireland is about 45 thousand euros per year.

5. Medical Specialist

This is not just one of the most sought-after, but also one of the most prestigious professions in Europe. Unfortunately, professionals who save thousands of lives every day and care about the health of millions are sorely lacking, which gives applicants a reason to think about a career in the health care industry. Any diligent student who has successfully completed the internship and passed the final exams can get a job in the European Union. However, you need to understand that in order to become a high-class specialist, future physicians have to learn at the limit of their capabilities.

The efforts of young medical specialists are encouraged by the prospects of good earnings. In the Netherlands, general practitioners can earn up to 102 thousand euros per year, and focused specialists – up to 221 thousand euros per year. Other European countries, in which the work of physicians is encouraged by competitive salary, include Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark.

6. Nurse

The labour market is experiencing a large shortage of nurses, which has touched literally every country in the world. Nurses take care of patients, help physicians to hold examinations and operations, perform simple manipulations and procedures, as well as administrative work. To work as a nurse, it is necessary not only to get a high-quality medical education, but also to be a patient, stress-resistant and empathic person.

To prevent physicians from losing their second selves, many European countries attract young people with good salaries. For example, a nurse in Norway, Denmark or Italy can earn 52 thousand euros per year, and in Luxembourg – up to 110 thousand euros per year.

7. Electrical Engineer

For this engineering profession, the labour market is also experiencing an acute shortage of personnel. Electrical engineers are responsible for electrical systems of various sizes – from residential buildings to entire cities, as well as electrical machines and machine tools. Electrical engineers are engaged in the design of electrical systems, carry out all the necessary calculations, and then organise the implementation of these projects and their maintenance. To work in this area, you need to receive a profile higher education, although some specialists begin their careers with a secondary education and work as an electrician.

The salary of an electrical engineer may vary depending on the qualifications of the specialist and the specific country. For example, in the UK, the salary of an electrical engineer is about 35 thousand euros (31 thousand pounds) per year.

8. Electronics Engineer

An engineer in electronics develops electronic circuits and designs boards that control almost all modern technology – telephones and tablets, washing machines and refrigerators, as well as factory machines. Besides, engineers are engaged in the administrative work. They make technical documentation for the equipment and reports on the results of its testing. You can become an engineer in electronics by receiving a profile or adjacent engineering degree.

According to the German job search website gehalt.de, the starting salary of a specialist in electronics is from 30 to 47 thousand euros per year. The salary of an experienced specialist can reach up to 78 thousand euros per year.

In conclusion, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that 2TM managers will help you make the right choice of a future profession in accordance with your preferences and abilities, as well as taking into account current trends in education. For advice on educational institutions and study programmes in Slovenia, please contact us in any convenient way!

Anastasia Pimenova

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