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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.
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