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Brother UK analysed the most googled jobs around the globe, in a bid to reveal which careers different cultures are searching for

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The most searched for jobs in the UK

UK search data shows the nation is keen to teach, with over 288,000 people searching Google for Teaching Assistant jobs in the last 12 months. Teaching Assistant came out top for England, Scotland and Wales, however, was pipped to the post by Nursing in Northern Ireland. 

Estate Agent is the second most googled job in the UK, followed by Project Manager and Prison Officer.

Photography jobs were also amongst the most searched for, and with Instagram more popular than ever before, could this be an influencing factor? There were more than 81,000 searches in the last 12 months, suggesting the nation is keen to snap some shots.

When it comes to industries, jobs in the Public Sector were notably high, with social work, counselling, and nursing all appearing in the top 10. It seems the UK has high demand for these jobs, too, with secondary education teaching professionals, social workers and nurses all appearing on the UK’s shortage occupation list


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The most searched for jobs in Europe

So whilst the UK is searching for careers in the classroom, what about the rest of Europe? 

Translator wins the title for the most Googled job in Europe, with the majority of searches coming from Spain. If you do bag a job as a translator in Spain, you can expect to earn approximately €19,715 a year.

Visual Merchandising is the second most searched job, with over 10,000 searches coming from Germany. Interestingly, Glassdoor users in Germany voted IKEA as the best company to work for in this field of work.

Surprisingly, the search term ‘music jobs’ came in third place, most popular in Italy, appearing as the country’s most searched for job sector. The industry appears to be thriving, according to the Italia Creativa Report, over 1.44 billion euros of revenue from concerts, dance activities and musical performances represent almost 50 percent of the value of the Italian music industry. 


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The world's most searched for jobs, overall

Combining all countries from around the globe, mechanical engineering tops the charts, with the majority of searches driven from India, Philippines and Saudi Arabia. 

In India, on average, a mechanical engineer will be paid Rs 340,000 a year – equivalent to £3663.91.

Whilst the cost of living is much higher in the UK, if you’re a mechanical engineer here, you can expect to make around £30,449 a year, according to figures on PayScale. 

Accounting came a close second, with almost half a million searches in the US and Canada alone.

Teaching assistant made the top three – the majority of searches driven from the UK and Ireland, along with social work which came in seventh place. 

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The search for science and technology jobs

As we know, mechanical engineering is the most searched for job in the world, and with education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) becoming increasingly desirable, the profession racked up almost a million searches in the past year, but who are the top searchers – and where’s the demand? 

Whilst India is the top searching country, Bangladesh, Lebanon and Ethiopia are also on the search for mechanical engineering jobs.

People living in Nigeria are interested in microbiology, with a scientist earning 732,000NN (Nigerian Naira) a year, which is equivalent to £1,605. The average salary in this country is 658, 324NN a year, so this job would make you a high earner.

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The most caring countries

Could our friends down under be the most caring in the world? It may be a huge claim to make, but people living in Australia are searching for jobs in social care more than any other profession, whilst a little closer to home, those in Ireland are spending the most time looking for careers in nursing

The data shows those living in New Zealand care about conservation, with jobs in this field appearing as the most popular.

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Finance focused countries

It seems Wall Street may need to be extended – as the majority of searches for jobs in accounting came from the US and Canada.

Accounting jobs also took the top spot in Dubai, but with the UAE dubbed as one of the wealthiest countries in the world – it’s really no surprise – as there’s a lot of money to be counted.

And from Niagara Falls to Mombasa, it seems the professional service focus on finance extends all the way to Kenya, where over 10,000 people searched for accounting jobs, too. 

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