Australia’s most in-demand jobs have been revealed with electricians, preschool teachers, registered nurses chefs and childcare workers leading the charge over the next five years.
As the Albanese government prepares to hold a Jobs and Skills Summit, bringing together unions, employers and industry groups, the Prime Minister has released the top 10 “hottest jobs” based on employer demand.
The list includes construction managers, civil engineering, early childhood (pre-primary school) teachers, registered nurses, ICT business and systems analysts, software and applications programmers, electricians, chefs, child carers and aged and disabled carers.
Pledging to examine new solutions to “kick start the economy and get wages moving”, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said that fee-free TAFE places will be central to providing training for in-demand industries.
“Better skills and better training means better jobs and a better future for more Australians in more parts of the country,’’ he said.
“My government is focused on growing our vocational and training sector, delivering 465,000 fee-free TAFE places to help address skills shortages, and upgrading key TAFE infrastructure.”
Mr Albanese said these “free” places will provide opportunities for school leavers, workers wanting to retrain and unpaid carers — who are predominantly women — to get into the workforce.
Research suggests nine in ten jobs over the next five years will require a post high school qualification such as TAFE or a university degree.
“We also have a strong focus on opening up more opportunities for apprentices and traineeships, giving people on the job work experience,’’ Mr Albanese said.
“Our goal is to build a strong VET sector to help more Australians get secure, well-paying jobs, while providing the skilled workers that business needs to grow our economy.
The Albanese Government has pledged an extra 45,000 TAFE places for industries suffering acute shortages, and a $50 million TAFE Technology Fund.
Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, said one of the biggest challenges facing businesses is they are struggling to find workers with the skills for the jobs available.
“Owing to a decade of inaction, the challenges have grown but they are not insurmountable,’’ he said.
“The first bill introduced to this parliament was to establish a new independent body Jobs and Skills Australia, to provide independent advice to the government so we can better respond to future skills demand and better match taxpayers’ investment in areas of need.
“National Skills Week is a chance to recognise the value of our VET sector and promote it as an important stepping stone on the path to a good career.”
An estimated 10,000 apprentice places will be offered in the new energy sector ensuring one in 10 workers engaged on federally funded government projects is an apprentice or trainee.
Top ten in-demand professions over the next five years
(Based on the Skills Priority List, data on job vacancies and projected growth in employment over the next five years)
– Construction Managers
– Civil Engineering Professionals
– Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
– Registered Nurses
– ICT Business and Systems Analysts
– Software and Applications Programmers
– Child Carers
– Aged and Disabled Carers
Originally published as The ten most in-demand professions in Australia