Students in Engineering and Technology (E&T) are the hottest technology majors for teenagers, according to research.
Students in the E&T fields are expected to make up more than a third of the student body at some of the UK’s most prestigious universities.
A new survey from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has found that 15% of engineering students were from E&E backgrounds, up from 9% a year earlier.
It is the fastest increase in the last two decades.
The figures are part of a report published by the Higher School Qualifications Authority (HSE) which looks at E&C students’ future earnings.
The HSE says the E & T fields are likely to grow from around 1.2 million students in 2020 to 2.4 million students by 2025.
It says the growth of E&TS will be driven by students moving into the engineering and IT industries, particularly in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.HESA says E&Ts are likely in the “top five or six STEM careers” for the next 20 years.
The UK has one of the most competitive economies in the world.
“With this growth, the opportunities for graduates will continue to expand and E&ts are likely by 2025 to be the fastest growing STEM careers,” said Dr Emma Giddings, senior analyst at HESA.
“They’re also expected to have the most growth in the engineering, software and physical sciences fields.”‘
We’re in the process of turning around the economy’The HESA figures suggest that E&Tu’s share of the overall UK population is set to grow by between 10% and 20%.
“This is the best performing STEM career in the country and we are working hard to improve the education system to prepare for the coming economic downturn,” said Kate O’Connor, CEO of E &T Engineering, the UK sector group.
“We’re not in the throes of a recession yet, but the economy is already going backwards and our industry is struggling.”
It is a real issue for students who are now facing a very challenging job market.
“The economy is going through the rough patches, but it’s our job to make sure that we are providing the right education for our future graduates.”
The report says E &Ts are now attracting a younger population, which is good news for the industry.
“In 2020, more than one in 10 E&t students are under 25 and the trend will continue,” said Prof Sarah Haines, chief executive of the E Tech Institute, a trade body.
“Students from the engineering sector are well represented in higher education, with a large number of students coming from the E and A fields.”
The HESE figures also show that the UK is a major player in the technology industry.
It has the second largest number of software engineers per head, behind only the US.
It’s the UK which is in the lead in tech innovation, according the report.
“E&Ts have a particularly strong record of innovative research and innovation,” said Professor Gidding.
“Our work with our students is very active, with students taking part in industry-specific programmes such as research in robotics and bioinformatics.”
And as we look to 2020, we will see a growing number of E Tech graduates applying to top universities in the US and Canada.
“Students from all three E&TI fields are also the most likely to earn a degree.”
This highlights the need for all students to take the most practical and relevant engineering courses and to build up their technical and research skills in a practical and creative way,” said Hainse.”
These are the skills students are looking for in the labour market and are essential for the UK economy to grow and create jobs.