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Where could I work?

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The World of work and jobs of the future in SuffolkSee where the jobs are in Suffolk now, and will be in the future. By using the job market information below you will be able to understand what type of jobs will be created. Think about it - these are the areas that you could work in when you're older.

The main industries in Suffolk

Here's a taste of the main industries in Suffolk and the number of people employed.

  • 24.4% (75,000) people employed in public services, education and health
  • 17.3% (53,000) people employed in wholesale and retail, including motor trades
  • 23.9% (73,500) people employed in finance, IT, real-estate, administration, science and tech, insurance other business activities
  • 13.7% (44,800) people employed in distribution, transport, hotels & restaurants
  • 12.4% (38,000) people employed in tourism, manufacturing and 
  • 7% (21,425) people employed in construction, water, waste, mining, gas and electricity

Find other figures about Suffolk on the Office for National Statistics website.

For information on average wages in different regions of Suffolk, visit our page on wages and working in Suffolk.

The growth sectors in Suffolk

When thinking about your future career and learning choices, it's important to think about what job opportunities there will be for you. You'll need to think carefully about whether your chosen GCSEs, A levels, BTECs, university degree etc, will lead to good career opportunities, or if you may struggle to find work in your chosen field. 

For example, hair and beauty is a really popular course, now with more qualified workers than there are jobs available. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't study hair and beauty if it's what you're interested in, but you should be aware that at the end of your training, you may have to consider other options such as self-employment due to a lack of job opportunities.

What is STEM?


STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths. Employers value the skills you develop in STEM subjects and careers. Why? Because there are going to be more skilled jobs available in these areas in the future. STEM are everywhere including fashion design! so don't be put off - think broadly.

This may be the same for several other industries, so try and find out what job opportunities there are for you before you make any decisions. You could try asking your tutor or teachers, speak to a careers adviser, or visit the National Careers Service website.

Take a look at the list of industry sectors below to find out more about where the job opportunities are predicted to be growing, offering career opportunities in Suffolk AND abroad. 

Full picture of Suffolk's economy
If you really want to know more (teachers, advisers and any other data 'geeks'):

You can also check out this infographic showing careers of the future, with the top 12 jobs predicted to grow - download the infographic.

Page updated May 2017. If you have any questions, comments or amendments about this page email the Source. This section of the Source replaces the previous Suffolk Works website.

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