Top 7 career fields of the future

Indira Kasaeva provides you with the ultimate future career guide, painting out future prospects and listing educational resources
Brainstorm By Indira Kasaeva
Published on February 16, 2015
careers guide

Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. You do not want to spend your life doing a job that you hate. With a very competitive market out there and a million options, you have to find what you want to do and be qualified enough to make the cut.
Discover the career fields with the highest employment demands, review the best universities in the field and see what it takes to make it big. Listed below are the growing fields and the top institutes to enter those fields. There are also links for university admissions, fees, financial aid and application deadlines.
Note that the admission process is different in each university; it might even vary based on the program within the same school. It’s always better to start researching earlier. The fees are approximate and include tuition, living costs and other additional expenses. The fees are also subject to change at any time, along with application deadlines.

1- Information technology
Technology is taking over the world, so there is huge growth in the IT field. Application software developers, computer system analysts, database administrators, web developers and information security analysts – all fall under this category. The demand for these specialities will only grow in the coming years. Your starting point should be an undergraduate program in computer science.
Here are the world’s top colleges with best IT programs in the world:

i.The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT admissions: http://mitadmissions.org/apply/international/howto
Application deadline: January 1 (create an account on the official website by Sep-Oct)
Annual Fees: $ 61,000 (Dh224,053)
Financial Aid: http://web.mit.edu/sfs/

ii.Stanford University
SU admissions: http://admission.stanford.edu/basics/index.html
Application deadline:  November 1
Annual Fees: $62,801 (Dh230,668)
Financial aid: http://financialaid.stanford.edu/

iii. Carnegie Mellon University
CMU admission: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/international-admission-requirements
Application deadline:  November 1
Annual fees: $64,822 (Dh238,091)
Financial aid: Not applicable for international students

In the UAE:
iv.United Arab Emirates University
Admission: http://www.uaeu.ac.ae/en/admission/undergraduate_admissions.shtml
Application deadline: —
Annual fees: Dh 72,000 (based on minimum credits)
Financial aid: http://www.uaeu.ac.ae/en/student_services/financial_aid/

v.The American University of Sharjah
Admission: http://www.aus.edu/info/200125/admissions
Application deadline: April 15
Annual Fees: Dh83,460 (tuition only)
Financial aid: http://www.aus.edu/info/200140/grants_and_scholarships

vi.University of Dubai
Admission: http://www.ud.ac.ae/en/admission/undergraduate
Application deadline: —
Annual fees: http://www.ud.ac.ae/en/admission/undergraduate/tuition-and-other-fees#2-2-tuition-fees
Financial aid: http://www.ud.ac.ae/en/admission/undergraduate/tuition-and-other-fees#5-5-scholarships

2-Medicine
One of the highest paid professions in the field is a surgeon. Other careers in medicine such as general practice physicians, dentists, obstetricians, gynaecologists and nursing practitioners are all on the rise in professional demand. If you set your sight on medicine and you want to make it big (like becoming a surgeon), be prepared that it will take a lot of resources in terms of money, time and effort. When it comes to working in medicine it is a complicated process because even after you get your diploma, you have to get more training to become a licensed doctor. The US has the strongest positions in terms of medical schools. The top being Harvard, there is also Stanford University, University of California and Yale, along with around 14 universities with top med programs. In UK, Oxford and Cambridge are ranked the best. In Europe, Germany holds the highest ranks. According to topuniversities.com, Germany has 19 out of 200 top global medical institutions.

Here are the top three med schools in global ranking:
i.Harvard Medical School
Admissions: http://hms.harvard.edu/departments/admissions
Application deadline: October 15
Annual Fees: $63,351 (Dh232,688)
For financial aid: http://hms.harvard.edu/departments/financial-aid-harvard-medical-school

ii.University of Oxford
Admissions: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford
Application deadlines: October 1
Annual fees:  £34,000 (Dh195,233)
Financial aid: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/oxford-support

iii. University of Cambridge
Admissions: http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/
Application deadline: October 15
Annual fees: £51,000 (Dh292,891)
Financial aid: http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/international/finance/support.html

iv.Others
Stanford:  http://admission.stanford.edu/basics/index.html
University of California: http://www.ucla.edu/admission/undergraduate-admission
Yale: http://medicine.yale.edu/education/admissions/index.aspx

UAE universities:
v.RAK Medical and Health Sciences University
Admission: http://www.rakmhsu.com/admission-bulletin
Application deadline: July 15
Annual fees: http://www.rakmhsu.com/admissions/fee-structure (based on program)
Financial aid: 15 per cent concession in tuition fees

vi.Gulf Medical University
Admission: http://www.gmu.ac.ae/admission/
Application deadline: open
Annual fees: http://www.gmu.ac.ae/admission/intake (based on program)
Financial aid: not provided

vii. United Arab Emirates University
Admission: http://www.uaeu.ac.ae/en/admission/undergraduate_admissions.shtml
Application deadline: —
Annual fees: Dh 72,000 (based on minimum credits)
Financial aid: http://www.uaeu.ac.ae/en/student_services/financial_aid/

3-Engineering
There is demand in engineering; however the demand for civil engineers is growing twice as fast. As world population increases, there is need for expansion in transportation and infrastructure development.To get into the field faster, it is best to get internships in countries that are rapidly expanding in terms of infrastructure. Topuniversities. com ranks MIT, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of California, Berkley as the top three respectively. University of Tokyo is ranked the fourth.

i.The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT admissions: http://mitadmissions.org/apply/international/howto
Application deadline: January 1 (create an account on the official website by Sep-Oct)
Annual fees: $61,000 (Dh224,053)
Financial aid: http://web.mit.edu/sfs/

ii.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Admissions: http://admissions.illinois.edu/
Application deadline: December 1
Annual fees: $52,628 (Dh193,302)
Financial Aid: Not applicable for international students

iii. University of California, Berkley
Admission: http://admissions.berkeley.edu/
Application deadline: November 30
Annual fees: $32,168 (Dh118,153)
Financial aid: http://financialaid.berkeley.edu/

Best higher education institutions offering engineering programs in the UAE:
iv.Masdar Institute (Graduate Programs)
Admission: https://www.masdar.ac.ae/admissions
Application deadline: Nov 14
Annual fees: –
Financial aid: https://www.masdar.ac.ae/admissions/scholarships

v.The American University in Dubai
Admission: http://www.aud.edu/admission/en/menu/1960/apply-now
Application deadline: August 10
Annual fees: Dh75,000 (standard tuition only)
Financial aid: http://www.aud.edu/admission/en/page/739/undergraduate-scholarships

4-Law
Did you watch the famous TV series “Suits”? If you want to live like Harvey Specter then a career in law is what you need. You have numerous options to choose from: attorney, barrister, prosecutor, judge and lawyer – all hold strong and well paid positions. You also can choose what law you will practice, criminal, family or other. There is also plenty of room for career growth. A profession in law is one of the most respected ones. Most law schools require you to already have an undergraduate degree, so keep in mind that getting a law degree will be a second step in your higher education.

i.Harvard Law School
Admission: http://www.law.harvard.edu/prospective/jd/apply/index.html
Application deadline: February 1
Annual fees: $81,000 (Dh297,513)
Financial aid: http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/sfs/

ii.University of Oxford
Admissions: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford
Application deadlines: October 1
Annual fees:  £34,000 (Dh195,173)
Financial aid: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/oxford-support 

iii. University of Cambridge
Admissions: http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/
Application deadline: October 15
Annual fees: £51,000 (Dh292,733)
Financial aid: http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/international/finance/support.html

 iv.New York University Law
Admission: http://www.law.nyu.edu/jdadmissions
Application deadline: November 15
Annual fees: $56,636 (Dh208,024) (tuition only)
Financial aid: http://www.law.nyu.edu/financialaid

In UAE:
v.NYU Abu Dhabi
Admission: http://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/admissions.html
Application deadline: Jan 1 (Regular decision)
Annual fees: $71,760 (Dh 263,588)
Financial aid: http://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/admissions/financial-support.html

 vi.Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (Postgraduate programs)
Admission: http://www.sorbonne.ae/admissions/
Application deadline: open
Annual fees: Dh 144,000 (tuition + administration fee only)
Financial aid: http://www.sorbonne.ae/admissions/scholarship/

5-Education
If you have a flair for sharing knowledge you might want to consider getting a career in education. There are a lot of professions to choose; from athletic coach to principal. However there will be more demand for high school and secondary school teachers.The most basic requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in education and required teacher training courses. Some countries require teachers to have a license. The general rule is that you have to pass an exam that demonstrates basic skills and proficiency in your field. However, if you aim higher- like becoming a principal, you will need to get a Master’s degree.

i.Institute of Education, University of London
Admission: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/studentInformation/89095.html
Application deadline: –
Annual fees: £13410 (Dh76,948)
Financial aid: not applicable for undergraduate degrees

ii.University of Melbourne – Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Admission: http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions
Application deadline: late December
Annual fees:  $30,592 (Dh112,364)
Financial aid: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/scholarships/ugrad/international

iii. Harvard- Graduate School of Education
Admission: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/admissions/apply/howtoapply
Application deadline: depends on program
Annual fees: $67,844(Dh249,191)
Financial aid: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/financialaid

Universities in the UAE offering educational programs:
iv.Zayed University
Admission: http://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/colleges/graduate_studies/Admission_Fees.aspx
Application deadline: November 30
Annual fees: Dh84,000 (tuition only)
Financial aid: http://www.zu.ac.ae/main/en/colleges/graduate_studies/Admission_Fees.aspx#Financial_Support

v.The American University in Dubai (graduate program)
Admission: http://www.aud.edu/admission/en/page/721/graduate-admissions-requirements
Application deadline: April 15
Annual fees: depend on credit hours
Financial aid: http://www.aud.edu/admission/en/page/726/scholarships

6-Environmental science
The environment gets more and more affected by human activity, so environmental scientists are in great demand. The employment rate forecast is higher than average within all other occupations up until 2022. Moreover, the salaries paid are quite competitive. So getting a degree in environmental science is not a bad idea. The prospects are governmental employment or work at a consulting firm. One important note is that most employers looking for candidates usually hire people with a Master’s degree. Entry level positions in the field with a Bachelor’s degree are very rare.

 i.University of California, Berkley
Admission: http://admissions.berkeley.edu/
Application deadline: December 1
Annual fees: $32,168 (Dh118,153)
Financial aid: http://financialaid.berkeley.edu/

ii.Harvard- School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Admission: http://www.seas.harvard.edu/academics/how-to-apply
Application deadline: November 1
Annual fees: $68,050 (Dh249,947)
Financial aid: https://college.harvard.edu/financial-aid/applying-aid

iii. ETH Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Master Degrees, language: German)
Admission: https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/registration-application/master/application.html
Application deadline: December 16
Annual fees: https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/main/education/finanzielles/files-en/tuition-fees.pdf
Financial aid: https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/main/education/finanzielles/files-en/guidelines-scholarships.pdf

For students who want to study in the UAE:
iv.American University of Sharjah (BA degree)
Admission: http://www.aus.edu/info/200125/admissions
Application deadline: April 15
Annual fees: Dh83,460 (tuition only)
Financial aid: http://www.aus.edu/info/200140/grants_and_scholarships

v.Abu Dhabi University (BA degree, females only)
Admission: http://www.adu.ac.ae/prospects.html#fstudents
Application deadline:  —
Annual Fees: per credit (http://www.adu.ac.ae/pdf/UG-Tution-Fees-2014.pdf )
Financial aid: http://www.adu.ac.ae/aboutadu.html#financialaid

7-Actuarial science
Just in case you are wondering what actuarial science is, it is a respected profession that accesses risks in insurance and finance companies, using statistical methods and mathematics. An actuary is the highest paid career in finance. Over the last year salaries have been increasing. Actuaries have a wide variety of work options; however most of them work in insurance companies. There are also opportunities to work in areas such as investment, pension fund management and so on… However, before getting too excited be aware that you need several things to become an actuary. First you need a Bachelor’s degree either in statistics or actuarial science; or coursework in business, finance and economics. A major plus would be a degree in computer literacy. The most important aspect is to earn an actuarial credential. For this, you must pass a series of exams and other requirements within an accredited organization like the Society of Actuaries or Casualty Actuarial Society.

i.Society of Actuaries
For all exam information and education resources: https://www.soa.org/Education/landing.aspx

ii.Casualty Actuarial Society
For all resources: http://www.casact.org/admissions/process/

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