January is a great time to make plans and think about your career or the success of your own business. Online courses or further study can help take you that next step along the career path, but choosing an education option can sometimes be overwhelming. In this blog post we’re going to look at Australia’s predicted employment growth areas and explain which courses will help you to stay ahead in 2017.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia’s population grew by 1.4% in the year up to June 2016, this means an increase of 337,800 people. Employment in Australia is also predicted to continue its current increase. Since 2005 Australia’s main area of growth, mining, has been fuelled by demands from Asia for minerals that we have in abundance. The Deloitte ‘Positioning for Posterity’ report suggests that although mining is set to continue, the next top growth areas will be:
- International education
- Wealth management
A range of related and local growth areas will help support the growth of these industries, not only in terms of job booms but also their contribution to the economy.
While the Australian Labour Market Information Portal have highlighted four industry sectors that together will make up half of all Australian employment opportunities in the years up to November 2020:
- Health care and social assistance (largest sector in Australia)
- Professional, technical and scientific services
- Education and training
- Retail services
We’ve been doing our research and have identified five courses that will help you to stay ahead in these growing industry sectors:
1. Diploma of Community Services
This broad-based diploma can be studied online and includes practical and theoretical modules to give you the health and social assistance skills to manage cases and provide support in a variety of settings.
People in Australia are living longer and expecting to live better. Deloitte suggest that ‘preventative health and wellness’ and ‘residential aged care’ will be two of the most required health care sub-sectors in the years up to 2055.
2. Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
According to Deloitte, the growth of information technology in Australia as a discrete industry is set to slow down in the years up to 2055. However, the demand for effective computer networks and systems within other key areas of growth is set to remain high.
The Diploma in Computer Systems Engineering offers training via both proprietary and generic modules and includes opportunities to design, build and maintain contemporary computer systems.
3. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Although international education is Australia’s fastest-growing education sector, there is still a strong requirement for early childhood education with Diploma level qualifications recently gaining new recognition (Hays). In 2015, according the Australian Institute of Family Studies, 87% of children aged 4 years were placed in formal early childhood education and care (ECEC) facilities.
A Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is suitable for volunteers or employees in preschool or day-long care settings. The Diploma provides health and safety, curriculum design and leadership training and will give the required qualifications for supervisory and management level childcare roles.
4. Certificate III in Retail Operations
In Australia’s current time of population and employment growth, the retail sector is set to flourish. In the year up to October 2016 Australian turnover in retail was $25.5 million. For many, retail is the first experience of employment and is an area of comfort. Some choose to further retail experience by seeking out relevant qualifications. A Certificate III in Retail Operations will formalise previous retail experience and prepare candidates for further, management level qualifications via either a Certificate IV in Retail Management or a Diploma of Retail Leadership.
5. Diploma of Agribusiness
In 2015, the agriculture sector employed approximately 522,000 people. Farm management and food production are no longer just about caring for animals and crops. Deloitte have named ‘agribusiness’ as one of their future growth areas for Australia. Agribusiness deals specifically with the business side of food and fibre production and looks at the inputs and outputs of products and services. Whilst there are some specific agribusiness qualifications available at diploma level, you will also find relevant modules in more traditional qualifications such the Diploma of Agriculture.
We have given some important indicators of where employment in Australia is heading, but you might still have questions about how you fit into this picture. Online courses are a great way in which to explore possible opportunities and discover new skills. Not only that, a recognised qualification in one of these areas of national growth will ensure that you have the relevant skill-set and resume to take your career the next step along the road to success.