Digital technologies

Digital technologies are changing the world we live in. Technology is needed in almost every job from financial services, healthcare, creative industries, sports and much more.

The impact you could make 

  • Working in technology means you can help people work, learn and talk to each other. 
  • Help play a central role in climate emergency and save the planet. 
  • You could be developing satellites, rockets and analysing the data to help us go to space. 

The opportunities within digital technologies

All businesses and organisations need digital skills and knowledge to survive. By being creative, developing and delivering ideas, you can make a real difference to people's lives. 

UK tech employs 2.93m people, which has almost doubled in 2 years. 

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Employment

In Scotland, there are over 76,400 people working in digital technology  in sectors like creative industries, sciences and the environment.  

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Job availability

By 2024, the workforce is expected to grow by 5,300 people.  

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Job diversity

At the end of 2021, roughly 36,928 Modern Apprentices were in training in various digital roles.  

*Sector Skills Assessment 2021 

Explore digital technology jobs

We’ve pulled out some of the popular digital technology jobs for you to explore.

Some things you may not know about digital technologies

Conservationists and technologists are working together with artificial intelligence to help save endangered wildlife. 

There are almost 3 million apps on the Google Play store – think of all the people employed in developing them.

Every day there are over 2000 cyber-attacks – we need lots of skilled people to keep us safe online.

What subjects to take

We’ve pulled together some examples of subjects that could be useful for getting into a digital technology career. 

  • Computing science
  • Cyber security
  • Data science
  • Digital media
  • Design
  • Maths

For most jobs, you might not need specific subjects. If your school does not provide all of these subjects or you're just unsure — do not worry. There are many more subjects you can explore by using the Option Choices tool or speaking to your careers adviser in your school. 

What routes you can take

There are different options you can choose from after school. We’ve pulled together some of them to help you decide which is best for you.