Industry Trends

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The way we work, the nature of jobs, and skill needs are constantly changing, and changing quickly. TAFE NSW reports on emerging trends in select industries.


State infrastructure investment is driving much industry employment, particularly in Sydney with on-going road and rail transport networks.

  • Construction is the Australian industry with the highest number of small businesses, and 82.2% of these businesses operate in the trade services sector
  • 72,900 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians growth by 2022
  • Average salary for Building and Engineering Technicians is $104,330*

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Demand for Healthcare services is on the rise, driven by Australia's growing and ageing population.

  • Healthcare is the biggest employing industry in NSW, with a workforce of over 503,500 people1
  • Employment is forecast to increase by 9.7% through to 2020
  • Average salary for Nutrition professionals is $57,668*

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Retail jobs are evolving to adapt to changing customer preferences and technological advancements.

  • Retail Trade in NSW is the second largest employment contributor (around 392,230 workers in 2017)1
  • 238,300 retail managers needed by 2022
  • Average salary for Sales Representative is $65,728*

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Agriculture is vital to the Australian economy with jobs in the sector being impacted by an ageing workforce and increasing urbanisation.

  • Global demand for Australian food products is driving opportunities in agricultural and food export markets
  • Increasing scientific innovations are driving demand for Agricultural Technicians, forecast to rise by 7.9% through to 2021
  • Average salary for Agricultural Technicians is $55,480*

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Rapid urban population growth is seeing demand to incorporate sustainable living solutions into developments.

  • Demand for landscape gardeners will increase by a forecast 5.4% through to 20212
  • Studying a Certificate III in Horticulture can lead to in demand careers as a Horticultural Designers or Landscapers to plan and implement the greening of urban spaces
  • Average salary for a Nursery Worker is $52,000*

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Animal Care

An increasing focus on animal welfare, and scrutiny of the treatment of animals in commercial and domestic settings, is changing the face of animal care.

  • Key emerging skills include physiotherapy and rehabilitation for farm animals and pets
  • Forecasted jobs growth in NSW between 2019 and 2022 for Veterinary Nurse is 3.3%
  • Average salary for Veterinary Nurse is $51,670*

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*Earnings may vary dependent on the worker’s skills, education or experience and should be used as a guide only.
1Deloitte Access Economics, February 2017
2TAFE Strategy 2018
3Skills Impact Skills Service Organisation 2018, Animal Care and Management Industry Sector IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2018-2021, p.4