The Most Promising Industries for Jobs in Australia

Friday 28 February, 2014

For the first time in over a decade, unemployment in Australia is over 6 per cent. People only just entering the workforce have every right to be concerned about what the future holds for their career of choice. Fortunately, there are a few select industries showing signs of improvement.

If you're worried about your job prospects, it may be a good idea to adopt a proactive approach and study or train for a career that is relatively secure.

These four industries are currently looking very promising in terms of future job creation:


Tech Jobs in Australia

This large and rapidly growing industry covers social media, digital communications, cloud technology and IT. Australia currently has one of the highest rates of growth in this sector with more online stores opening here than anywhere else in the world.

Research from PricewaterhouseCoopers suggest that this sector will have the capacity for 540,000 new jobs before 2033. 

There’s no shortage of technology courses around the country. Universities, TAFE and most private colleges offer certificates, diplomas and degrees in tech-focused disciplines. The pay certainly isn’t bad either with a median salary of $79,000 for an IT Consultant, $88,000 for an IT Project Manager and higher still for people in senior roles.


Healthcare Jobs in Australia

The aged care providers and healthcare services that are going to accommodate Australia’s ageing population are going to be in need of staff over the coming years with an estimated 180,000 new jobs to be created by 2019. The industry is one that offers flexibility through shift work and part-time offerings, which also fits well with casualisation of the workforce. With an average median salary of $50,000, it offers security as well as financial stability.


Construction Jobs in Australia

Trades and labour roles are expected to be in high demand in the near future as the number of people entering the construction industry through apprenticeships is decreasing while the government is increasingly investing infrastructure. Several opportunities fall under the construction umbrella including surveyors, project builders, electricians, plumbers and many more.

Apprenticeships to a wide variety of jobs in the industry are available through TAFE and although the wage is minimal in the first year, it increases with each year. Once qualified, many more opportunities will arise as well. 


Tourism Jobs in Australia

The field of tourism was recently identified as one of the industries that is likely to grow quicker than the global economy by 10 per cent over the next two decades. 

Some of the roles that will be required to support the industry’s growth include tourism advisers, travel operators, tour guides, reservations agents and hotel managers. Employees in the industry often rely on a pay-on-performance structure including commissions and bonuses. Although a degree is not required for many travel roles, courses are available through TAFE, university and colleges. 


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