Austria is a small country, but at the moment there are 2599 specialties at Austrian universities that applicants can choose to study. As practice shows, it is very difficult to do this, since the choice is quite large.
In order not to do a mistake with the choice of the specialty that you would like to study at an Austrian university, you should consider the following points:
1. You must choose a specialty that will be relevant in the labor market in Europe and in your home for at least another 10-15 years. Since in the era of active digitalization of all work processes, you may be faced with the fact that after you graduate from an Austrian university in 4-5 years, your specialty will be completely irrelevant, and you will not be able to find a job, and then you will have to study again. If you still don't know which specialty would suit you, then it would be a good idea to visit specialized fairs, which are specially arranged in Austria and Germany for applicants, to help them choose the right specialty for them. At these fairs, you will be able to ask questions that interest you about various specialties, get career guidance from a specialist and choose a specialty that would match your skills and interests. You can find information about specialized exhibitions for applicants here.
2. In addition, for initial orientation, you can take a free German career guidance test. This test will help you find out which abilities you are best developed and which of your interests can be useful to you in your future profession. This test will also give you guidance on choosing your future profession. You can find a test here.
3. Traditionally, "monetary specialties", such as: medicine, law, economics, computer technology, public administration, translator, may not be so relevant and highly paid in the near future in Austria. Since many processes in these specialties will be replaced by computer technology and artificial intelligence.
4. Now we can say for sure that engineering specialties related to mechanical engineering, construction, aircraft and rocket building, nutrition will be in demand for at least another 50 years, so if you choose one of these specialties to study at universities in Austria, then you will definitely not be mistaken with a choice. In addition, specialties related to biotechnology are also very popular in Austria. These are such specialties as: biophysics, biochemistry, biotechnology, geophysics, geochemistry. There is also a constant need for specialists related to ecology and environmental processes, renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources, as well as computer technology, artificial intelligence, Big data science.
5. Another promising branch of the Austrian economy, which will be actively developing in the near future, is healthcare (but not necessarily medicine). Europe's population is aging more and more and Austria is no exception. Therefore, elderly care professionals will be required in increasing numbers in Austria. Health care professionals, such as a carer, a rehabilitation doctor, a developmental psychologist, a specialist in working with people with dementia, will definitely not disappear in the next 20-30 years.
6. Moreover, specialties related to social networks will remain relevant in the next 5-7 years in Austria.
7. Now in Europe, as well as in Austria, the energy industry is developing very actively, and will continue to develop in the future. If you are interested in the energy industry, then you may be interested in one of the following specialties: energy engineer, electrical engineer, thermal power engineer, as well as electrical fitter. These specialties will be popular and highly paid in Austria for a long time to come.
8. In the Internet, you can also find an interesting resource where artificial intelligence will help you assess your abilities and guide you in choosing your future profession. Naturally, the result of such an assessment will be approximate, but it can help you navigate your choice of profession. You can find this resource in German here.