What types of jobs are there in the South West?
Across the South West people are working in hundreds of different types of jobs and careers. However, there are some types of businesses more commonly found in Devon and Cornwall, compared to other areas.
New technology, particularly digital technology, is likely to continue to change the way that we currently work. Some jobs may disappear, but new roles will inevitably be created. There will be an increasing demand for skilled engineers and technicians. Across the UK, there are already increasing opportunities for people who have Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills and interests.
Towns and cities across the region will also have different types of businesses that may be fairly unique. For example, in the coastal towns of Devon and Cornwall, there are many marine engineering companies that reflect our location and access to the sea.
The South West is also a holiday destination. This means you’ll find many tourism and hospitality career opportunities. Cornwall and Devon have always been (and remain) important areas for food production. However, technology has changed the way that people work in the agricultural, fishing, and food processing industries.
Devon and Cornwall have a high population of older people compared to many other parts of the country. The National Health Service is the UK’s largest employer and, with our aging population, the number of job opportunities in medical services and Health and Social Care is expected to grow in the future.
As you travel around the region you will notice new housing estates and business units are being built, along with other major building and infrastructure projects. These projects have resulted in a greater demand for people to work in a huge range careers across the construction sector, including building, designing, planning and selling.