According to a survey by FutureLearn, students aspire to learn coding and software development career skills over medicine or law.
The survey consisted of 1000 students aged between 16 and 18 and found that 23% wanted to learn more about a career in coding, followed closely by medicine at 22%, marketing at 16% and forensic science at 15%.
According to the research, the earning potential of a job was the top reason to consider it as a career choice (52%).
Head of strategy and insight at FutureLearn, Kathryn Skelton said: "It's great to see that today's students take their university education seriously, but anxieties about their study abilities - with almost two-thirds saying they don't feel prepared for higher education learning - indicates they need a helping hand with the transition from school to university.
"FutureLearn's portfolio of free, online courses from some of the best universities in the UK and internationally helps students to develop skills in self-directed study, as well as giving them a taster of the fascinating topics they can cover at university."
Skelton added: "Career aspirations relating to coding are in line with what we see on FutureLearn, where courses focusing on technology have performed very well with this age group. The University of Reading's popular 'Begin Programming: Build your first mobile game' course is being run for a second time in October to meet this demand."
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