Dentistry named as top non-tech degree in 2023

24 August, 2023 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

Medicine and dentistry have secured their place as the most valued non-technology degrees by employers this year. As technology-related degrees maintain their prominence, the acknowledgement of the critical contributions made by medical professionals has propelled medicine and dentistry to a joint fifth place (16 per cent) among the most valued degrees, according to a recent survey by Forbes Advisor.

The experts at the price comparison and guidance platform, engaged with 500 businesses to reveal the degrees deemed of highest value in 2023. While Artificial Intelligence (AI) remains at the forefront as the most valued degree, with one quarter (25 per cent) of surveyed businesses recognising its importance, there is a clear recognition of the importance of medical and dental degrees in addressing societal health needs.

Overall, a quarter (25 per cent) of businesses surveyed deemed AI as the most valued degree in 2023. Throughout the study, AI skills stood out as the most requested abilities in the job market, with two in five (40 per cent) claiming AI expertise to be the most in demand expertise in the workplace.

Deeper insights reveal that the need for experts within the field will increase future employment opportunities. The rise of AI and machine learning points to a growing demand for industry experts, with 96 per cent of respondents claiming that AI will significantly affect the future job market. 

Alongside AI, technology and computing degrees secured their spot among the top five. Information Technology (IT) claims second place, with more than one in five employers (21 per cent) naming it among the most valuable degrees in 2023. Computer science (18 per cent) and Computer Engineering (17 per cent) university qualifications were also much sought after. The top five most valued degrees encompass a diverse blend of technology and medical qualifications.

While medicine and dentistry share the fifth position with cyber security (16 per cent), this recognition is a significant testament to the importance of these life-saving disciplines. Moreover, traditional degrees like law and economics also maintain their foothold among the top 10 degrees valued by businesses.

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