Major industries in the UK and what you need to consider for employment


Work culture is something that lives with us throughout our lives. Unfortunately for many of us, the once childhood dream of developing a right foot like that of Wayne Rooney, the voice box of Adele, or the relaxing tones of David Attenborough is a far cry away from reality. That said, a commitment to learning and a drive to pursue is certainly enough to pave a career within a whole host of lucrative industries.

Particularly, STEM has become a bigger topic of conversation. Graduates of science, technology, engineering, and maths usually receive a higher annual salary than other university leavers, regardless of the job in which they are working. With this in mind, we’ve decided to examine the various industries throughout the globe, assessing which is the most attractive to work in, whether they offer generous holiday allowances or luxurious uniforms.

Working in the police force

Anyone who enters the police force will feel like they’re contributing greatly to society, and they are, as policing can be a very rewarding job. Unlike being stuck behind a desk all day, a policer officer is out on the street, protecting and serving their local community. Although the self-fulfilment that comes from being a police officer is undoubtedly the most attractive benefit, officers can become a member of the generous pension scheme, of which the police service contribute 21.3 per cent of their pay on top of their own contributions. If you’re a constable in your first year, you can expect around £19,971 per year. Despite this, the wage increases on an annual basis, to £38,382 after approximately seven years.

Working in journalism

American news website Huffpost noted, ’journalism will never die as long as the world has news to report and requires someone to report it’. Alongside the obvious positives of learning something new every day, thanks to the traditional media being broken down, you no longer must be tied to a publication. Freelance is perhaps the biggest beauty of working as a journalist — it means you decide who you write for and what you want to write, ensuring your job remains interesting and doesn’t slip into the category of mundane. Interestingly, journalists can earn around £25,000 with five years’ experience.

Working in transportation

This industry is thriving. The question is, why would you join such an industry? The world is a wonderful place, awash with natural beauty and a host of differing cultures, yet, the issue for many of us is, we’ll never get the opportunity to witness even a miniscule percentage of that. However, if you choose to follow a career as a flight attendant, exploring the world becomes more than just feasible, you get paid to do it. Seize the opportunity to visit some of the most far flung destinations, places you couldn’t even spell the name of before you landed the job. If that isn’t enough to sway you, consider the fact most flight attendants also work flexible hours, choosing the time and frequency of their shifts. Free flights and attractive uniforms are further perks worth your attention.

On average, senior flight attendants make around £20,000. Not only will you receive a generous salary, airline uniforms are extremely enviable!

Working in teaching

Teachers bring work home every night of the week and will often devote their weekends to marking essays and planning lessons — this is something that you must consider. Undoubtedly, the two largest benefits of becoming a teacher, come in the form of something you cannot physically witness — no two days being the same, and knowing full well you have the ability on each of those days to inspire a young mind. Most people get dissatisfied in their job because they get bored, working on repetitive tasks on daily basis, but teaching exists as a constant learning curve. In the UK, newly qualified teachers should earn around £22,917.

Working in oil and gas

A lot of people are beginning to consider careers in this industry. Many people will be speculative over encouraging a career in this area, but, if you are willing to put in a considerable amount of hard work, then you will certainly reap the rewards. Most workers, if off-shore, will only work two-fifths, or half the year, thanks to their shift pattern. Although the demand for renewable energy is constantly increasing and we are continually reminded of crude oil shortages, oil and gas caters for approximately three-quarters of the UK’s primary energy source, and output is expected to double by 2030. The average salary is more than double the national average reportedly. With workers in the North Sea earning around £540 a year.

There’s so much to choose from and there are plenty opportunities available. All industries offer their own set of benefits in terms of flexibility, day-to-day duties, and of course, earnings. Which industry will you be stepping into?

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