Many workers wish they had followed careers in technological sectors, new research suggests

Technology has come such a long way in the past decade, as it is now viewed as one of the most popular career choices for students leaving school.

A recent study carried out by Hotels.com found that more than one third of eight to 15 year-olds surveyed considered studying IT at university.

But it is not just the new generation of technology graduates who could be joining the jobs market, the study by Hotels.com suggests, as 28% of adults want a piece of the action too.

The online travel firm found that one in four adults questioned wished they had taken advantage of the swift rise in technology by joining the industry earlier.

From the 2,000 surveyed, at least 44% would have chosen a career in technology because of pay and 41% to test their intellect and ability.

The study found that employment opportunities ranked highly for adults wanting to work in the industry, while 16% said contributing to society was important.

Technology has "revolutionised our lives," according to Stuart Silberg, VP of technology at Hotels.com.

He added: "The recent Fortune's 40 under-40 list was dominated by people from the technology industry, and this is all having a great impact on the number of people who are keen to pursue a career in technology - not only for the perks of the job, but also because it's clear that technology is having a real impact on society."

However, despite a large number of people saying they wished they had acted earlier and taken advantage of the speed at which IT services have grown, almost half believe their educational level is not good enough.

Mr Silberg explained that although a technology-related degree is important, it is not always necessary and he would look for communication and problem solving skills alongside a "real passion for the industry".

There are many employment opportunities in the technology industry and starting in administration or securing an apprenticeship with a firm could be a good way to get a foot in the door.

Copyright Press Association 2012