Revealed: Australia’s most in demand jobs – and the occupations you should AVOID if you want a long career
- Analysis has revealed Australia’s most sought after jobs and which ones to avoid
- Some of Australia’s most common jobs on the decline, including sales assistants
- Checkout operators and cashiers currently the fastest-growing job in Australia
New research into Australia’s ever-changing workforce has revealed the most in demand jobs and which occupations should be avoided.
While checkout operators, advertising and public relations and primary school teachers are highly sought after, some of Australia’s most common jobs are now on the decline.
Almost four million Australians, or one third of the workforce is employed in 20 occupations, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
But an analysis of the latest ABS labour market data by The Australian revealed some of the most common jobs are now under threat.
As online shopping continues to grow, sales assistant numbers are dropped by 23 per cent
The most common job are sales assistants, which accounts for 434,921 jobs.
But the changing retail market means there are 126,174 fewer sales assistants than in 2016, which have dropped by 23 per cent and top the list of jobs with the worst decline.
White collar management positions are also on the decline with chief executives and managing directors under the second highest threat with 31,000 less jobs.
Retail supervisor numbers have subsided by 31 per cent, along with call centre and customer service managers while the number of general managers has also slumped.
Primary school teachers and education aides are among the sixth fastest growing jobs
Despite the rise of self-serve checkouts in stores, checkout operators and cashiers are the fastest-growing job in Australia with a whopping 69 per cent growth.
The list of Australia’s fastest growing jobs is also good news for advertising and public relations managers (32 per cent), software and applications programmers (also 32 per cent), accountants (16 per cent) and primary school teachers (17 per cent).
Demographer Bernard Salt predicts future retail space to accommodate more childcare, aged care and health care services.
‘Cafes, food courts and restaurants — and food delivery drivers — will undoubtedly expand to fulfil our insatiable demand for lifestyle,’ he wrote in a recent column for The Australian.
‘Wellness centres including massage, pilates, physiotherapy, podiatry and beauty therapists (including manicure) will become more popular as we age, as we become more prosperous and even more self-indulgent.’
Sales assistants are on the decline but checkout cashiers are among the fastest growing jobs
The figures also questioned the value of university degrees in the ever-changing workforce.
Tom Larter, chief executive of technology firm WithYouWithMe believes it’s more important to get into the workforce sooner than spending up to five years in a lecture hall.
‘Jobs are changing so fast, you need to get into your first job and then use lifelong learning to build out your skills,’ Mr Larter told news.com.au.
‘Find out what you’re good at, make yourself competitive quickly by learning in-demand skills, get into the workforce as fast as you can and then continually learn through your career as you go.’
He also urged Australian to consider emerging careers that weren’t in existence a decade ago.
‘We’ve had bus drivers and junior sailors with no experience in cybersecurity do a 12-week training course and get jobs,’ Mr Larter said.
A recent analysis of the latest ABS figures revealed bad news for call centre managers
Jobs in-demand and which ones to avoid
JOBS IN DECLINE
1. Sales Assistants – 126,174 fewer positions and 23 per cent drop 2016-19
2. Chief Executives and Managing Directors -31,648 -52 per cent
3. Retail Supervisors -14,868 -31 per cent
4. Contract, Program and Project Administrators -14,298 -12 per cent
5. Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers -11,835 -31 per cent
6. General Managers -11,327 -20 per cent
7. Transport Services Managers -10,753 -41 per cent
8. Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers -10,223 -10 per cent
9. Garden and Nursery Labourers -9131 -23 per cent
10. Handypersons -9112 -22 per cent
JOBS ON THE RISE
1. Checkout Operators/office Cashiers up 91,202, 69 per cent rise since 2012
2. Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 41,731 32 per cent
3. Software and Applications Programmers 32,941 32 per cent
4. Accountants, 28,493 16 per cent
5. Education Aides 23,569 27 per cent
6. Primary School Teachers 22,730 17 per cent
7. Storepersons 21,167 18 per cent
8. Automobile Drivers 20,516 44 per cent
9. Registered Nurses 20,375 8 per cent
10. Miscellaneous Labourers 20,304 35 per cent