Where are the future jobs in Australia?

The understanding of where the future jobs can be vital in preparing for vocational or career development purposes. 

Let’s sit back and ponder the big picture : where are the future jobs in the Australian labour market in the next five years ?

Key Summary (if you can’t wait to chew on the details)

In accordance with the Employment Projections for the five-year period from 2018 to 2023, prepared by the Department of Jobs and Small Business (updated in June 2019), the key summary is:

  • Total employment is on a growth of 7.1 per cent with additional 886,100 jobs over this period.
  • Almost two-thirds of this growth is contributed by four largest industries:
    • Health Care and Social Assistance (250,300 new jobs)
    • Construction (118,800)
    • Education and Training (113,000)
    • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (106,600)
  • The expected occupations with highest growth:
    • Aged and Disabled Carers
    • Registered Nurses
    • Child Carers
    • Education Aides
    • Waiters (Growth in hospitality sector!)
    • Software and Applications Programmers

Projected employment growth by industry

Below is the snapshot of the projected employment growth by industry to 2023 which provides a clear indication of what are the future jobs.   

           Source : Department of Jobs and Small Business, Australian Government

Projected employment growth by state and territory

It is expected that New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland as the top three states in terms of population size, these are places with the most employment growth correspondingly.   

Projected employment growth by state/territory – five years to May 2023 (’000 and per cent)

Source : Department of Jobs and Small Business, Australian Government

There are some interesting details that we should take attention of:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest contributing industry to projected employment growth within all states and territories.
  • The employment growth in Construction and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is stronger in New South Wales and Victoria than elsewhere.
  • In Queensland, Education and Training plays the second largest contributing industry to projected employment growth.
  • In Western Australia, Accommodation and Food Services plays the second largest contributing industry to projected employment growth.
  • Mining employment is forecast to have an additional 4000 jobs, supported by a favourable exchange rate in Australia dollar and improved commodity prices.
  • The employment growth of Health Care and Social Assistance in South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory is well above the national average rate.

What’s Next?

Inevitably all projections are based on certain assumptions and past trends. However, they are subject to unforeseen factors and uncertainty in a wider political, economical, social cultural and technological environment. In addition, there are job opportunities for other occupations which are not discussed above due to constant movement of labour market.

The key is preparation to future proof your career. I recommend invest in the service of a qualified career professional.

© Lydia Lily 2019

Lydia is a HR professional with over 20 years of experience in HR Consulting, Recruiting and Career Development. She has gained much valuable experience in corporate restructuring, career transitioning and professional development. 

Lydia appreciates the challenges of building a rewarding career and business success, and most happy sharing her insights, experience and know-how, guiding individuals and providing organisations with professional, practical and personalised solutions.

Contact Lydia at lydia@risingstrongconsulting.com.au

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