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Digital technologies

We’re living in a digital world that’s changing the way we work and the jobs we do. Every sector needs tech – finance, health, creative, sports and many more. (Looking for the Digital World website? All our digital tech info is now here on My World of Work.)

Make an impact with digital technologies

Working in tech means you’ll help people work, learn and talk to each other. By doing so, you’ll play a central role in the climate emergency and help save our planet.
Are you imagining software engineers hunched over a desk writing code? Digital tech is much wider than that! You could get involved in AI, gaming, data science, cyber security – and lots more. 
Whatever your level of digital tech skills, you’ll use them in every industry! They’ll prepare you for the future and really help boost your CV.
The industry’s very fast-paced at the moment and I can’t see that stopping. Thomas Information Security Analyst, Aegon

Digital technology at a glance

All businesses and organisations need people with digital tech skills. The number of people working in UK tech jobs has almost doubled in two years! By being creative, developing and delivering ideas, you can make a real difference to people's lives.


In 2023, there were 83,500 people working in the digital technology sector across Scotland. The most in-demand tech jobs in the UK are software developers, with an average salary of £64,318.

Job availability

By 2026, the digital technologies industry will need an estimated 2,400 more people to fill job openings in Scotland alone. Remote working is common, which makes it a flexible choice.

Job diversity

With 15 to 20 million people working in the UK technology sector in 2023, 26% of those are women, compared to 19% in 2019.

(Source - DDaT Women in Tech Programme - gov.uk)

Things you may not know about digital technologies

Conservationists and technologists are working together with artificial intelligence (AI) to protect ecosystems.

Source: University of Stirling

Data and AI are powerful partners – they're used for everything from smart neighbourhoods to cancer detection.

Source: The Data Lab

Scotland is a leader in developing space technologies that have multiple applications. They include tracking animal migration and monitoring deforestation.

Source: Scottish Development International

Develop your digital tech skills

Learn new digital tech skills and build on existing ones with courses, resources and advice from these tech organisations.