Hello, 2016! It’s time to start the new year with a career bang. For many of us, that means thinking about what we want to do with our lives, deciding what course or courses to study, and contemplating finding a new job.
And while you should never base your career decisions around what’s hot (and what’s not), it can be useful to know what industries and types of jobs are in demand.
This can make looking for work and finding a job in the near future much easier, and can mean you’ll have a much more successful career with more job opportunities at hand (but remember, it’s also important to do what you love!).
In this career snapshot post, we take a look at 9 example roles and industries that are experiencing strong employment growth and that can provide a good range of job opportunities in 2016 and the years beyond:
1. Aged Care and Support Work
What they do: If you’re interested in caring for the elderly and/or looking after those with disabilities, becoming an Aged Care Worker is an excellent career choice. Plus, you’ll get to work with some lovely people!
Aged Carer Workers not only provide medical and practical help to those who need it, but also mental and emotional help and support. You’ll interact with patients on a regular or daily basis, assisting them with domestic activities and tasks. You can find yourself working in patient homes, in clinics or hospitals, or in residential/care homes.
How the future looks: Good news! Growth in the Aged (and Disabled) Care industry has been high for a long time, and will be high over the next few years too. This potentially means that many job opportunities will be available in most regions around the country. Most care jobs in this field are part-time or casual.
Where to start: Have a wonderfully caring and patient nature? Most Aged Carers will obtain a Certificate III or IV in Aged Care before finding work. Young students interested in this field will need to have completed Year 10 or acquire a Certificate II.
Potential career developments: Aged Carers can branch off into many other similar career areas, including disability care and support, nursing, social or welfare work or even therapy.
2. Construction Management
What they do: Construction Managers are generally responsible for all areas of any given construction site, from costs and estimations to project quality, from sourcing construction workers and materials to handling OHS and building code requirements. They can work on any type of construction project, including residential, commercial and industrial.
How the future looks: If you’re keen to become a Construction Manager, the future is looking good for you. Job openings over the next three years are likely to be high and available in most areas. Working full-time and often longer hours is common for construction managers, and there may even be some weekend work. However, the pay and remuneration is generally good.
Where to start: A Certificate or Diploma in Construction is the ideal place to start for any aspiring construction manager.
Gaining experience on construction sites, such as a labourer, will also be beneficial and you’ll likely need to find work as a site coordinator or similar before moving into a management position.
Potential career developments: Construction Managers can work their way up the ladder from managing basic residential builds to looking after more complex and demanding civil constructions. Other related areas of work include engineering, manufacturing and surveying.
3. Child Care
What they do: Child Care Workers provide care, supervision and sometimes education for babies, toddlers and young children in various residential and non-residential child care settings. If you have lots of energy, love kids and possess endless patience, child care will be a great career option for you! You can be involved in supervision and preparation of meals, as well as the development of education and various programs and activities.
How the future looks: Over the next three years, the demand for Child Care Workers is expected to be high, with at least 50,000 jobs opening up. So, if you’re thinking of becoming a Child Care Worker (or have your sights set on becoming a Child Care Centre Manager), the employment outlook is strong.
However, it’s worth noting that only around half of all Child Care Workers work full-time, while others work part-time or on a casual basis.
Where to start: The wonderful thing about child care is that it is a rewarding job that anyone can take on. To become a Child Care Worker, you should enroll in a Certificate III or IV or a Diploma in Child Care.
Most do not require any previous education or experience in working with children.
Potential career developments: Once you become a successful Child Care Worker, you can develop your career and take on a variety of other roles, such as an Early Childhood Educator, a Family Nanny, a Boarding House Parent or a Child Care Centre Manager.
4. Assisting in Allied Health
What they do: Allied Health Assistants work under Allied Health professionals – such as physiotherapists, pathologists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, podiatrists – to provide program and therapeutic support to patients.
They can fulfill many different support functions in hospital, clinic, community and private practice settings and often specialise in one particular field (e.g. nutrition, speech pathology, physio etc.).
How the future looks: Allied Health is set to be one of the largest growing sectors in Australia over the next few years, according to the Department of Employment. The availability of jobs will very much depend on area you want to work in and the demands in your specific region in Australia.
Where to start: If you want to work in the Allied Health sector as an assistant, you should look at obtaining a Certificate IV qualification in your desired medical area (such as Client Support, Nutrition and Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy).
Potential career developments: Once you’ve perfected your career in Allied Health Assisting, you could look at other roles in therapeutic support (e.g. program coordinator or manager) or you could consider completing further studies to become a practitioner.
5. Education & Teaching – Primary, Early Childhood, Special Education & Education Aide
What they do: Teaching is one of the most prized jobs around and as a teacher, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life and education. As a teacher, you’ll create, prepare and deliver education programs for your students – and a lot of the time, you can have fun while doing it!
Education Aides work in schools and educational institutions, but predominantly provide assistance to teachers and also help with the supervision of children. In some locales, they might also work with children who have physical, behavioural or intellectual disabilities.
How the future looks: Overall, the outlook for Primary School Teachers and Education Aides over the next few years is strong, with at least 50,000 jobs opening up in each area.
Both Early Childhood and Special Education Teachers can expect an average number of job openings, though some regions may be more in demand than others.
Where to start: Start your career as a teacher today and enroll in a Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor of Education. Most teachers will require a Bachelor’s degree to obtain work. However, a Certificate or Diploma is a great place to start if you aren’t able to enter straight into a Bachelor program.
Potential career developments: Teachers will find much growth in the education field and they can continue teaching or move on to become tertiary teachers, private tutors, vocational teachers/lecturers or even officers in the education department.
6. Reception & Administration
What they do: Careers in reception and administration can be incredibly rewarding, especially if you thrive on helping others and you’re keen to work in a business or support environment.
Receptionists and administrators generally provide support to other professionals in the business.
They can answer calls, arrange appointments, coordinate meetings/events, manage administrative tasks and even provide bookkeeping services.
How the future looks: If you are thinking of a career as a receptionist or administrator, great! Employment in the near future will be strong, with a high rate of job vacancies opening up.
There’s also much flexibility in reception and administration, and you’ll have the opportunity to grow your career in a range of fields and industries. For instance, you could become a medical, real estate or corporate receptionist, or develop your administrative career in a legal firm, an advertising agency or a council office.
Where to start: Receptionists and administrators will benefit from qualifications like Certificates or Diplomas in Business Admin, as well as on-the-job experience, even in a basic capacity.
Potential career developments: Receptionists and administrators can forge careers in a range of other roles, moving on to become office managers, coordinators, executive assistants or even operations managers.
Alternatively, there might also be opportunity for you to climb the ropes of the company you are in and grow your skills in a particular area (e.g. account management, patient coordination etc.).
What they do: Bookkeepers primarily manage financial records and carry out financial transactions, and they can often be responsible for areas like accounts payable and receivable.
They can be an integral part of any business and if you love numbers and finance, becoming a bookkeeper could be the perfect career for you!
How the future looks: For bookkeepers, the future is looking great. Jobs and employment are on the up and opportunities should be available in most areas throughout Australia. Prospective bookkeepers can set their sights on any organisation they wish, in any industry.
Where to start: A Certificate IV in Bookkeeping is a great place to start for any aspiring bookkeeper! Review our bookkeeping courses here.
Potential career developments: Becoming a bookkeeper can pave the way for a great career in finance, with potential jobs in finance management, auditing, taxation and accounting in reach.
8. Community Support Work
What they do: If you want to make a difference to others, why not consider becoming a community support worker? You’ll contribute to your community by helping individuals, families and groups with their social, health and developmental needs within the greater community.
You could find yourself planning activities, coordinating programs, preparing resources or working in areas like welfare, support networking and community awareness.
How the future looks: Job options for community support workers can vary greatly depending on the needs of different communities and regional areas. However, overall the job outlook across Australia is expected to be above average.
Where to start: Future Community Support workers can kick-start their careers with a Certificate or Diploma in Community Services or similar, and can consider progressing through to a Graduate Certificate or Bachelor qualification.
Potential career developments: There’s lots of opportunity to work in different places and in different capacities as a community support worker.
In the future, you could take on higher-level managerial and strategic responsibilities, move into community education, become involved in town, health or recreational planning or even contribute to the development of community policies and budgets.
9. Beauty Therapy
What they do: In a nutshell, beauty therapists make people beautiful! Beauty is a fantastic and captivating field where you can build a variety of skills, from nail art and body/skin care to hairdressing, makeup, massage and even aromatherapy. Beauty therapists can work in salons, spas, hotels and in clients’ private homes.
How the future looks: The beauty therapy industry is going to grow moderately over the next few years, with around 10,000 to 25,000 beauty jobs becoming available.
If you’re thrilled at the idea of becoming a beauty therapist, you should also consider being flexible with your work arrangements and consider both full-time and part-time opportunities.
Where to start: If you’ve got no previous beauty experience, try starting your beauty career by studying a Certificate or Diploma in Beauty Therapy (note that a Diploma-level qualification is the most common for beauty therapists).
Those who want to specialise in nails can consider a Certificate II in Nail Technology, while more experienced therapists who want to own their own salon can look at a qualification in Salon Management.
Have you got your heart set on a career in 2016? Or are you considering a career change? Training.com.au lists hundreds of courses that help you get qualified in your industry.