HOT JOBS & GROWING CAREERS: What’s hot now and what will be.
With lower interest rates, an economic recovery and a boom in certain sectors conditions are ripe for some job seekers, but as The Hudson Report for Q3, 2015 showed, the gaps in hiring sentiment are widening. To give yourself the best chance of landing a hot job, you need to know where to look.
HOT JOBS: WHERE TO FIND THEM NOW
A surge in business investment and population growth in Australia is driving demand for skilled tradespeople and specialized professionals. Some of the sectors that are on fire now are:
- Education: a booming population and the need for a highly skilled workforce means teachers and tutors are in high demand. The Department of Employment projects nearly 59,000 new jobs in the next 5 years (Industry Projections to November 2018)
- Construction Trades: if you are skilled, or can train-up in areas such as these, employers are looking for you: bricklayer, cabinetmaker, carpenter, joiner, drainer, electrician, fibrous plasterer, floor finisher, gasfitter, painting trades worker, roof tiler, solid plasterer and stonemasons.
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Specialist talent in digital and data analytics is in high demand. The ability to digest and interpret big data sets for companies seeking a competitive edge can command top-dollar salaries.
- Office support: The Australian IPO calendar looks very healthy and with new companies comes a demand for not only new top level management, but also new support staff in areas like customer services roles with SAP; legal secretaries and personal assistants.
- Design and Architecture: From film animation to building design to website construction, the demand for skilled professionals in these areas has been dramatically increasing with job growth at almost 18 per cent over the previous five years (Australian Government Job Outlook)
HOT JOBS OF THE FUTURE: WHAT TO PREPARE FOR
As noted above, some sectors have huge long range potential as the demand for a ‘super skilled’ workforce in the digital age will continue to grow. In addition, here are a couple of other areas job seekers should look to acquire skills in for the hot jobs of the future.
- Healthcare: the ageing of the Baby Boomers is expected to cause a massive shortage in skilled nurses over the next 10 years creating a wealth of opportunity for job seekers according to the NSW Government.
- Cyber Security: a reliance on cloud computing by more companies will see the need for skilled information security officers and digital risk officers increase hugely over the coming years. (Business Insider)
HAVE YOU GOT THE RIGHT STRATEGY?
In order to land a great job in one of the fastest growing sectors, Karen O’Connell-Shea at all Things HR recommends:
“Keep up to date with your knowledge and skills and build specialist expertise. Don’t underestimate your network; there is a lot of loyalty amongst peers. They are the ones who know your skills best and are often happy to help your career development by recommending you for opportunities.”
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