Digital technologies

Industry Sector


Digital technologies are changing the world. They play a part in everything – from the way we work, how we spend our leisure time, to how businesses operate. The next big technological innovation is always just around the corner. 

These changes bring lots of new, exciting career opportunities. As well as technology employers, you’ll find digital technology jobs in many other sectors, such as healthcare, financial services and in the creative industries. Even if you have not considered or studied digital technologies before, these jobs could offer you an alternative way to use your maths or science skills. 

Technical knowledge, logic and analytical skills are important if you want to succeed – and so is creativity. 

The industry now

  • In Scotland, there are 822,000 people working within the sector 
  • For the year 2020, the median advertised salary for jobs in this sector was £31,200 
  • The digital sector adds an estimated £5,126m to the Scottish economy 


*Information provided by Oxford Economics and Burning Glass Technologies


The future

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the jobs market is constantly changing. All future figures are estimated:

  • It’s estimated the sector will require 2,900 jobs to be replaced or created between 2020 and 2023 
  • The requirement for growth is predicted to rise to 4,100 jobs between 2023 and 2030 
  • It’s estimated that the value added by the digital sector to the Scottish economy will grow by 27% to £6,522m in 2030  
  • Skills in teamwork, customer service and project management are in demand