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Newly created positions give some indication of where the
labour market is headed
It's hard to believe that no more than five years ago there was no
such job as an app developer. Since Apple introduced the iPhone in
2007, apps have grown to be a US$15 billion a year industry, employing
tens of thousands of people. Here are three areas that are likely to
experience explosive growth in the coming years.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it's worth monitoring the new
job opportunities that technology, especially the internet, is
creating every day. It's now possible to make a living as a paid
blogger (running your own blog or blogging on behalf of businesses),
as a market research data miner or as a social media manager. None of
those positions existed back in 2002. TAFE IT
courses will prepare you for working in an increasingly digital world.
The baby boomers are retiring and, as they have with every other life
stage, they're in the process of reinventing what it means to be old.
Exactly what jobs this will create remains to be seen, but you can bet
it's going to involve more than just more nursing staff for retirement
homes. Undoubtedly, there will be plenty of people running educational
courses for retirees, helping them with daily tasks and even sorting
out end-of-life issues. Many of the skills required to service the
huge and disproportionately well-off baby boomer market can be
acquired through TAFE NSW's Aged
Care and Nursing courses.
People have been talking up green jobs forever, but there's going to
be less talk and more action as (a) evidence that the planet is
warming becomes indisputable and (b) an environmentally conscious
generation moves into positions of power. There will likely be lots of
positions related to renewable energy sources, as well as plenty
advising businesses and individuals of how they can operate in a more
sustainable way. TAFE NSW Environmental Careers
on everything from green plumbing to environmental science are helping
to skill-up an increasingly environmentally aware workforce.
It's a classic mistake to focus on where the jobs are (or were)
rather than where they are going to be. Newly created positions give
some indication of where the labour market is headed, so keep an eye
on what's happening in the job sector in order to prepare for the future.