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News article9 February 2023European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion3 min read

Five in-demand vocational jobs for 2023

Many people think you need a university degree to get a good, well-paid job, but that is not always true. In this changing and developing world, employers value practical, vocational skills. Here are five vocational jobs that are in demand in 2023.

Five in-demand vocational jobs for 2023

1. Machine operator

The construction sector is growing quickly, especially as it tries to become more green and sustainable. Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, expects construction workers and machine operators and assemblers to be in high demand this decade. Various jobs are available, from bricklaying, building and carpentry to welding and roofing. However, working as a machine operator could be an exciting route into this sector.

As a crane operator, for example, you will be responsible for the safe use of machinery on construction sites. You will have the chance to work on different projects, which can be long and difficult, but very satisfying. The pay also tends to be better than in many other construction jobs. You can enrol in specific training courses for crane operators, which are popular and in demand. These courses give you the tools, skills and practical experience you need, with a qualification to match.

2. Mechanic

Sticking to the theme of machinery, mechanics are still in demand. As well as working on cars, buses and other vehicles, mechanics are needed in many industries, such as construction, manufacturing and aviation. The kind of skills you will develop as a mechanic will also be useful for many future jobs, for example in green energy. Alongside hard skills, soft skills like collaboration and communication are valued by employers. Although many universities offer courses in mechanical engineering, you do not need a degree to become a mechanic. Due to high demand, there are many vocational courses to help you get the qualification you need.

3. Electrician

Demand for electricians will only increase as we move to sustainable and renewable technologies. A career as an electrician can be well paid, with many electricians eventually starting their own businesses. You do not need a university degree to qualify as an electrician and many training providers offer on-the-job experience. Training schemes give you the chance to hone your craft while developing your soft, transferable skills. Those who begin their journey as an electrician might also grow into electrical engineers, designers and managers.

4. Dental hygienist

In health and social care, the need for workers continues to grow. While many jobs require a university degree, you might be surprised to know that being a dental hygienist does not. Dental hygienists help to prevent tooth decay. An apprenticeship programme can give you the practical skills and qualification you need to thrive in this role. Salaries are good and this is a great career path for those who enjoy flexibility, as dental hygienists may be employed by a single practice or work as freelancers.

5. Chef

Most of us enjoy our food. With restaurants and cafes reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic and delivery services booming, kitchen skills will continue to be in demand this year. In fact, Cedefop predicts that accommodation and food will be the sector with the biggest growth in jobs between now and 2030. This means there should be plenty of jobs available for chefs and other kitchen staff. With travel and tourism growing again after falling during the pandemic, there will also be jobs in hospitality for hotel workers such as managers and cleaners.

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