Economic experts and business commentators are currently vying with one another to predict the best industries for new careers in 2019. What’s common in nearly all their forecasts is the fact that technological innovation will boost many different jobs sectors across the UK.

One of the most exciting of these is space, now the fastest growing sector of Britain’s economy. About 44% of the world’s small satellites are made in the UK and earlier this month industry leaders claimed Britain could overtake European space programmes, after £92 million was committed to creating a rival to the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation project. In fact, the UK space industry has seen more venture capital funds invested in the past three years than all of the previous 15 years combined. With proposals for a spaceport in Sutherland in Scotland and more and more companies joining the space race, 2019 could see this sector boldly go beyond new frontiers.

Much closer to home, but with planet-sized ambitions, is the green energy sector.

Renewable energy rose to a new record high in the UK in 2018 as overall electricity generation fell to its lowest level since 1994. Renewable methods of energy generation – including wind, solar and burning plant material – made up 33% of the total power used last year, according to analysis released by climate website Carbon Brief. Wind produced 17% of our energy, biomass accounted for 11%, while solar created 4%.

To sustain and even boost these figures, the renewable energy sector will need to take on more workers to create and maintain the UK’s wind farms, on and offshore, as well as solar projects.

If renewable energy is boosting job prospects, it’s still money that makes the world go round. And the growth of financial technology, or FinTech, means that easier access to online banking and the growing popularity of cashless transactions could have a major impact in 2019. This industry is all about utilising data to improve banking services, update faltering systems that hamper efficiency and even tackle the growth of cybercrime.

The UK’s financial services sector has always been strong, with London in particular recognised as a global hub. Despite concerns surrounding the potential impact of Brexit, in 2019 Britain is well placed to become one of the top FinTech destinations in the world, thanks to well-established financial institutions working in tandem with a fast growing FinTech community.

Another top tech that’s the talk of the town is InsurTech – this simply translates as applying technology to help insurance. In 2019 InsurTech companies will explore innovative paths that large insurance firms have not always been able to offer, such as providing customers with super-personalised policies with better pricing tailored to each individual. This means opportunities for a new wave of insurance professionals who are willing to embrace and pioneer new systems.

Continuing the technology theme, if it’s a bigger pay packet you want, the IT sector could be for you in the months ahead. The industry has been experiencing some of the highest salaries across the UK, averaging £44,060 a year. Data architects have seen an average increase of 6.2%, while database developers enjoyed a 5.6% rise.

Other roles that will be in high demand in 2019 will be IT copywriters, cyber security engineers, web and IT developers and software engineers.

If the IT sector is seen as a high-flying industry, the world of drones takes things to a whole new level. Yes drones…they just won’t go away. Ask anyone who tried to fly from Gatwick recently.

As these flying machines become ever more sophisticated, we can expect to see plenty of other industries begin to harness their many uses. They have applications in areas such as agriculture, land mapping and search and rescue. They can be used to remotely view wildfires and floods, inspect crops and even deliver packages to homes.

They’re useful, too, on major construction projects, where they can inspect hard-to-reach areas and provide 3-D imaging of buildings. What they can’t do is replace the skilled trades people urgently needed in the construction industry.

Brexit worries saw UK construction firms suffer from a slowdown last year, with activity hitting a three-month low in December. Despite this, increasingly strong demand for homes among first-time buyers helped support work for developers and housebuilders.

Civil engineering activity, meanwhile, actually rose at the quickest rate since May 2017. The construction industry itself is continually evolving, with the skills needed growing ever more technical, diverse and even digitally-driven. This makes it an ideal sector for young, tech-savvy apprentices who are keen to forge a new career.

Additionally, amid all of the political uncertainty, demand for new housing is certain only to rise in the months ahead – making construction a jobs sector to keep an eye on.

If you want to build your own career and make 2019 a year to remember, view the latest job vacancies in all the hottest industries right across the UK online now.