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There's nothing quite so reassuring as possessing a skill
that's in demand
There's not much use getting a qualification unless it leads to a
job. While it's tricky to predict the future, there's plenty of data
suggesting what Australia's growth industries will be.
If you're going to invest time, effort and money in studying
something, whether it's a full-time course, short
course or higher
education, you want to be confident that there's going to be a
demand for the skills you're acquiring. Unfortunately, no one has a
crystal ball capable of predicting with 100 per cent accuracy what the
economy and workforce is going to look like five years, or even five
months from now. But there's information available indicating where
the jobs are likely to be in coming years.
People sometimes assume that in the future, everyone's going to be
working in high-tech jobs in industries such as IT. But the reality is
that some of the biggest demand for workers over at least the next
decade is likely to be in what are considered ‘old-school' industries.
In 2010, the business research firm IBISWorld predicted these
following 10 industries would experience the greatest employment
growth in Australia over the ensuing five years:
So yes, there is demand for 21st-century jobs like biotech lab
technicians, but there are also lots of opportunities for mining
electricians, nurses, vet nurses and child care workers.
According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace
Relations, the following tradespeople have been in short supply for
the last five years:
And for four out of the last five years, the following have also been
in short supply:
There's nothing quite so reassuring as possessing a skill that's in
demand. It means you can always get a job and, most of the time, get a
well-paid one. Despite the sci-fi visions of the future sometimes
promoted, the reality is that there is still going to be strong demand
for workers with vocational qualifications for many years to come.
You can check out courses at TAFE NSW to see the huge selection of
apprenticeships, traineeships and diplomas on offer.