A recurring theme here on Aard is my complaints about how useless certain kinds of higher education are if you want a job. For a change, let’s take a look at what kind of degree is most likely to get you a job in Sweden over the coming decade. The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education has just published a study that offers data on this very issue. Here are the degrees where there will be a labour shortage in Sweden for the foreseeable future!
- Medical laboratory scientist, Sw. biomedicinsk analytiker
- High-school teacher of manual skills for craftspeople such as carpenters and plumbers, Sw. yrkeslärare
- Youth centre leader, Sw. fritidspedagog
- Pharmacy clerk, Sw. receptarie (but getting an actual pharmacist’s degree is career suicide)
- 3-4 year engineering degree, Sw. högskoleingenjör
- Teacher for children with special needs, Sw. speciallärare
- Day care teacher, Sw. förskollärare
- Dentist, Sw. tandläkare
Need I point out that most of these jobs are relatively poorly paid compared to others that presuppose a university degree, and that most are not perceived as high-status? The only real exception, to my knowledge, is dentistry. But all of them will support you and your kids quite handsomely. And most of them look to me like they’d be quite fun.