Hottest jobs in Australia in 2014

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Australia as the “land of opportunity” continues to see increasing growth in many industries. This growth does not only mean revenue for the country, but also opportunities for people who are looking for jobs. The number of jobs in Australia is expected to rise in 2014, and according to experts, these five occupations are the highest in demand:

IT experts

Technological progress in business systems means that complicated computer and coding skills are in demand. Those people who can understand data and interpret these for business owners are in the priority list. Security of information, digital expertise, and product development are three areas where experts are highly needed.

According to Peter Noblet, sales and marketing regional director for Hays, “the evolution of digital marketing is set to continue over the next decade and this will have a huge impact on the skills employers need.”

Among the hottest jobs in the Information Technology field are IT security and network specialists, digital marketers, mobile app developers and designers. With government departments and commercial establishments entering a systems upgrade phase, people with IT knowledge will have a blossoming career this year.

Medical professionals

In about two decades, Australia’s population is projected to grow by 30%, which is equivalent to about 6.5 million people. As the present population ages by that time, more aged people will need medical care. This projection supports the steadily growing demand for medical professionals, from dentists and aged carers to nurses and personal care workers.

Experts say that jobs in healthcare have many benefits. Healthcare professionals not only change other people’s lives, but they are also able to work in various places and choose flexible working hours. The aging of Australia’s population is a significant factor in the increasing demand for health professionals, and the government has ensured this trend by improving the “Living Longer Living Better” reform package. Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme will also generate thousands of disability workers in the coming years.

Trades specialists

The forecast of over 160,500 buildings to be build will usher in a 10% growth in the construction industry in the coming years. The current year is propitious for tradespeople as it was in the previous year.

Projections show that over 50,000 jobs will be available for Carpenters and Joiners up to 2017. Plumbers are also in demand in 2014 since “people are always going to need water” and “bathroom renovations will be the biggest thing,” said plumbing experts.

Finance and sales experts

A survey from the Department of Employment shows that 86% of companies find it difficult to locate highly skilled finance experts. This number coincides with Australia’s need for 21,400 accountant jobs to 2017, and the position ranking third in the top growing occupations.

Hays Accountancy and Finance regional director Susan Drew said that accountants have to be proactive and contemporary in their approach. Drew added that leadership, management and interpersonal skills are essential in the current environment where technology, marketing and finance integrate.

Education professionals

By the end of the decade, about 25% teachers are eligible for retirement, which means that new skilled education professionals are needed to teach primary and secondary schoolchildren. Projections say that the Education and Training industry will grow by 7.2% to 2017, with over 64,000 jobs to be available for educators in all levels.

Pursuit for further education, increase in enrollments in schools, and ageing teaching population all contribute to the growing need for traditional school teachers. But data also show an interesting trend for private tutors: 1 of 3 students received private tutoring and the amount of money spent for private tutoring has increased steadily. All these factors can entice foreign education experts to work in Australia and teach Australian children or migrant students in specialised schools.

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