Drone pilot, Social Media Influencer and 8 other jobs trending among teens

Teens now see working from home is a realistic option. (Artem Varnitsin/EyeEm/Getty Images)
Teens now see working from home is a realistic option. (Artem Varnitsin/EyeEm/Getty Images)

After surveying 3000 British teens, Samsung is happy to report that despite the major academic setback caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, young people are still thinking about the future.

Revealing their findings, Samsung says a large majority (81%) of the surveyed teens expressed concern about unemployment and a lack of job opportunities after the pandemic.

For some, the disruption has been so severe that many of them (73%) said they've changed their education plans and others that they've ruled out the possibility of getting a university education altogether.

On the upside, pandemic downtime has clearly given them insight into potential career paths.

Flexible working hours and a healthy work to life balance

Given that teens view their digital devices as additional limbs, it's not surprising that 85% said they're seriously considering tech-based careers.

Basing their beliefs on how Covid impacted the job market, the majority (65%) say they feel traditional nine to five working patterns will be a thing of the past, and that working from home is a realistic option.

According to the tech company, teens are not only considering future careers based on their passions and interests but the lifestyle that comes with the job, with 78% of respondents saying they'd rather have a job offering flexible working hours and healthy work-life balance over one with a high salary.

    Here are the job titles the teen respondents ranked as their top ten:

    Social Media Influencer

    Whether it’s cosmetics or climate change, finding a niche is the first step in establishing an online presence, along with defining your values then building trust with fans.

    Once you’ve attracted a significant following, the brands will come knocking.

    App Developer

    More than 200 billion apps are downloaded annually – over 30 for every person on the planet – and the mobile revolution shows no sign of slowing.

    That’s why developers are in demand to satisfy the hunger for ever-faster solutions.

    Video Game Developer

    For anyone growing up with a controller in their hand, this is the dream job. It’s also not a one-track career – you can be a programmer, concept designer or animator.

    Smart Home Developer

    Fridges that can give you advice on what to eat for dinner and phone-operated thermostats are among tech that consumers are optimising in the home.

    That leaves no shortage of opportunities to turn vision into reality for anyone wanting to work in this emerging field.

    3D Prop Designer

    Many Hollywood films now use 3D tech to print their fantastical costumes and out of this world props. Working in software-aided prop design means being responsible for making films look and feel authentic to audiences.

    Software Developer

    Almost every business, industry and public service relies on IT programmes to function – and on experts to fix them when they fail. Keeping one step ahead of hackers is just one aspect of this endlessly varied profession.

    Vaccine Developer

    Vaccine trials are a high stakes endeavour – they could lead to a Nobel Prize or failure. Researching medicines that could prevent disease is never dull though.

    One day you could be in the lab, the next flying abroad to tackle a virus outbreak.

    Drone Operator

    From helping to rescue people at sea to capturing the eye of a tornado, this is a sought-after occupation that’s always full of surprises.

    The police are turning more and more to drones to fight criminals and they’re used by air accident investigators to survey crash sites.

    Social Media Manager

    The voice of a brand is defined by their presence on social media – and it can make or break them. The responsibility for maintaining the right image lies with the social media team who engage audiences with content that educates and entertains.

    Forensic Computer Analyst

    Fancy being a teched up Sherlock Holmes? These professionals work behind the scenes helping crack industrial espionage and intellectual property theft.

    A typical case could involve screening laptops for signs of data leakage by a spy attempting to steal a rival company’s trade secrets.

    Is your teen interested in pursuing any of these jobs? 

    Compiled by Lesley Anne Johannes


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    Compiled for Parent24 by Lesley-Anne Johannes. 

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