It’s a new year and a new start for many. Deciding what to do after you finish school, or even if you’re considering a career change, is one of the most daunting, but rewarding decisions you can ever make. It can seem overwhelming with so much to consider, but pursuing something you love and feeling the excitement of taking that first big step towards your dream career is worth it.
One thing worth noting, is that some industries are booming, while others are on the decline. While you don’t have to base your career on what jobs are hot and which ones aren’t, knowing the strength of an industry is a serious advantage. The more in demand an area is both now and in the future, also indicates how likely you are to get a job when you’re all finished with your course.
One of the best ways to determine what industries are good to get into is to look at the jobs on the government’s skills shortage list as well as what the job outlook is currently like. Did you know, that in 2015-16, 36% of all occupations were in shortage? This means that for all those vacant job openings, most of the time there were not enough people to fill them. So if you’re thinking about what to do still, remember that some areas are in desperate need of skilled workers, and competition for these jobs are very low.
If you’re wondering what industries are hot in 2017, below are the top five areas to get involved in. These are the strongest performers based on the shortage of skilled workers, industry growth as well as how in demand they are not just today, but in the long- term.
The healthcare industry is booming. With the rise of obesity levels in Australia affecting the health of millions, public health professionals are in high demand to help develop initiatives to tackle these problems.
The health of the public is essential for economic growth. As more people become healthier, more can work longer, and this means the government spend less money on healthcare services. This alone is one of the reasons why the government are always promoting more students to take part in the industry, with some VET health subjects approved for the new VET Student Loans.
One other factor which is creating a push for more jobs in the healthcare sector is the ageing population. This, coupled with longer lifespans, is set to create massive growth in the industry for many years to come. Careers in aged care, nutrition and allied health will all experience a rise in job prospects and are all areas worth considering. Courses such as the Diploma of Nursing are an excellent way to kickstart your career in Healthcare. If you want to explore our full range of health courses, click here.
Education is the key to a thriving economy and it’s certainly something the government are aware of, and actively encourage more people to undergo a qualification in the industry. One thing worth noting though, is that there’s a shortage of teachers in specific fields of study.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects don’t have enough teachers available to provide these skills to students. These four key areas are crucial for the future and subject-skilled teachers are in demand. In Australia, around 60% of teachers (both primary and secondary) have a Bachelor of Education, which is a great place to start looking if you’re considering this as a career.
But it isn’t just school- aged teaching that is set to grow, but also teachers who have language skills and are able to educate international students. Online teaching is also growing in popularity, and online tutors and teaching support staff are being sought after with more people choose the convenience of learning online. One other area tipped to expand, according to Deloitte’s report on redefining education, is teaching the ageing workforce in areas of Information Technology as it becomes more embraced by businesses than ever before.
When the population continues to increase by around one person every minute, the need for new housing is always on the rise. Because of this, the need for jobs in construction is going to grow and continue to grow, and so too are the job opportunities. This, coupled with a housing boom driven by overseas investors, means that as cities and towns continue to expand, so too must the construction industry. Some jobs, in fields like tiling, bricklaying and plastering are on the government’s skills shortage list, and because of this, they’re actively trying to get more involved in these industries.
The Government have also listed construction and building courses on the VET Student Loan approved course list. These approved courses also include the Advanced Diploma of Building Design which students can gain up to $10,000 to go towards tuition fees.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in building or construction, you’re in luck, with more job vacancies being advertised than there are people to fill them, so competition for a job is very low. In 2015, only 26% of plastering job advertisements were filled, so get moving and make the most of the high demand for these jobs while you can. Make sure to check out some of the building courses we have on offer, and compare providers to find a course that suits you by clicking here.
Engineering is one of the biggest and most in-demand industries and is only going to continue to soar with the need for designing and creating technologies, systems and processes being long-term. Civil, automotive, electrical and mechanical engineering are all experiencing a shortage in Australia.
In response to this, the new VET Student Loan features dozens of courses approved for the highest loan cap to help any budding engineer start making their way to a career in the industry. Some of the engineering courses approved for a VET loan, and of which are in serious need of new students are engineering technology, aircraft maintenance, robotics, civil and structural engineering as well as electrical and mining engineering.
If you’re keen to get moving in this up and coming industry, then consider one of the many engineering courses available. From an entry-level certificate, through to a Master’s Degree to build on your existing knowledge, there’s plenty on offer.
Agriculture and Horticulture
Food’s always needed, after all, people have to eat. And with a rising population, this need is only going to increase. That’s the primary reason why agriculture is such a booming industry. It’s also one of the government’s main focus, with many courses being available for student loans.
Agriculture in Australia is one of our biggest exports and something our country is famous for worldwide. Because this industry forms such a big part of our economy, jobs in farming, land management, livestock and crops are always in need.
Sustainability is going to form a major part of the future, and no more so than in this industry. So if you want to be a part of creating a more productive agricultural industry and have an effect on one of our biggest exports, then consider this exciting career field.