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Business & Management

Business, Leadership and Management careers touch on, and embrace, every sector imaginable. They include ‘hard’ commercial skills, as well as ‘soft’ skills such as communication.

  • Over 2,650 additional workers are forecast to be employed as a program or project administrator through to 20212
  • Social media integration skills have seen a significant increase in demand2
  • Average salary for Sales and Marketing Managers is $96,880*

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Accounting & Finance

Accounting and Finance careers are based in the world of Financial Services, as well as within other sectors. Buoyed and challenged by changing e-commerce trends, it is an area of amazing potential.

  • As Australia's second largest industry, Financial Services is pivotal to Australian wealth and jobs, employing over 420,000 people in 20174
  • Accountant roles are likely to have the largest employment growth in the industry over the next three years2
  • Average salary for Finance Managers is $108,090*

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Information Technology

As a career area that influences all other sectors, Information Technology continues to grow at tremendous speed. The IT sector, while focused on cyber security, is also reaching out into the cloud and beyond.

  • Australia has an IT industry value of $100 billion5
  • An additional 11,000 Cyber Security Specialists are expected to be needed in Australia over the next 10 years2
  • Average salary for ICT Project Managers is $109,760*

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Changing consumer trends and ‘foodie’ cultures are propelling the Hospitality sector, and are ensuring there are new developments that challenge and excite at every turn.

  • Nationally, 65% of advertised jobs for chefs, 60% of advertised jobs for Pastry Cooks and 50% of advertised jobs for bakers, are unfilled2
  • Cafés, restaurants and takeaway food services are likely to have the fastest employment growth in the NSW hospitality industry over the next three years2
  • Average salary for Chefs is $54,000*

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Community Services

One of the largest industry areas in Australia, Community Services embraces healthcare and social assistance as well as disability services. Australia’s ageing population is one of the main factors that makes this a growth area.

  • With 1.8m people, Healthcare will be the economy's largest sector by 20247
  • The NSW Government is committing $2.8 million to increase frontline health staff over the next four years8
  • Over the next three years, more than 4,300 additional people are forecast to be employed as Aged or Disabled Carers in NSW, an increase of over 10%2

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Art and Design

This industry includes creative and artistic works for commercial and social endeavors. Creative skills that embrace digital technologies are increasingly used throughout other sectors.

  • There is a strong and increasing demand for UX/UI design skills, with over 1,940 online job postings for UX/UI Designers/Developers in Australia in the last 12 months2
  • New gaming platforms and technologies, such as virtual reality, are renewing growth in the Digital Games industry2
  • Driven by the growth of online streaming services, the Australian recorded music industry experienced a 10.5% increase in value in 2017, the largest annual growth in 20 years2

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The Beauty sector includes cosmetic and relaxation services and products. Its growth has been helped by changes in male grooming, and it also embraces digital technologies like photography.

  • There is a national skills shortage for Hairdressers, with 60% of all advertised jobs unfilled2
  • An increase in popularity of male grooming over recent years is driving growth of barber shops and the demand for Barbers2
  • The number and popularity of beauty apps is growing, creating new opportunities for professionals in the Hair and Beauty industry2

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Electrotechnology embraces renewable and digital technologies. It is science-in-action, with an emphasis on sustainability, safety and innovation.

  • Increasing investment in renewable energy technologies will support employment growth in this sector2
  • 169,200 Electricians will be needed by 20227
  • There is a skill shortage for Metal Fitters and Machinists, with 70% of advertised jobs unfilled in Australia2

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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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Travel and Tourism

Extraordinary increases in global tourism, combined with a forecast low Australian dollar, signal good times for tourism. With Australia’s strong brand and new horizons in eco- and green tourism, now is a good time to explore.

  • Australian tourism revenue in 2017 was $129.5 billion2
  • Travel Consultant roles are expected to experience the most growth in employment within the tourism sector, with an expected 590+ people in NSW over the next three years2
  • Tourism industry revenue is projected to grow by 3.5% annually, over the five years through 2018-19. This includes a projected 1.7% revenue increase in the current year6

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Building Trades

With the current shortage of qualified tradespeople throughout Australia, there has never been a better time to get yourself a trade.

  • 9,130 jobs are forecast for Building Installation Services over the next three years2
  • The average salary for Building and Engineering Technicians is $104,330*
  • Carpenter was the most, or second most, advertised occupation in this industry across all regions (apart from capital regions)2

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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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  • *Earnings may vary dependent on the worker’s skills, education or experience and should be used as a guide only.
  • 1 Deloitte Access Economics, February 2017
  • 2 TAFE Strategy 2018
  • 3 Skills Impact Skills Service Organisation 2018, Animal Care and Management Industry Sector IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work 2018-2021, p.4
  • 4 Australian Industry and Skills Committee, 2018, Financial Services, AISC [Online] Accessed on 25th July 2019 from
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  • 6 IBISWorld, 2018, Tourism - Australia Market Research Report, IBISWorld [Online] Accessed on 24th July 2019 from
  • 7 National Centre for Vocational Education Research
  • 8 TAFE NSW Industry and Skills Spotlight fortnight ending 31 May