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10 high demand jobs to look out for in 2020

By Fi Darby | 26 December 2019


Whether you are entering the workforce, returning to work or considering a career change, the picture for employment in Australia is positive. In fact, the Department of Employment is predicting an increase of 886,000 jobs in the five years to 2023. In the last few years, we have seen exciting changes in our employment landscape. 

2020 is going to be a great year to join the 50% of Australians who make a career move each year. If you want to take advantage of these exciting employment opportunities, it makes sense to understand the high demand jobs and top Australian careers for 2020. 

High demand job areas for 2020

The Department of Employment has listed four key employment areas that are set to boom as we approach 2023. These are great starting points for anyone thinking about new career ideas.
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (250,300 more jobs by 2023)
  • Construction (118,800 more jobs by 2023)
  • Education and Training (113,000 more jobs by 2023)
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (106,600 more jobs by 2023)
Job growth in these areas has been influenced by factors including Australia’s aging population, the growing requirement for a technical workforce and the need for infrastructure to support a larger population.

10 high demand job roles in Australia for 2020

  1. Software developer.
  2. IT business and systems analyst.
  3. Construction project manager.
  4. Care worker.
  5. Centre manager.
  6. Marketing manager.
  7. Administrative assistant.
  8. Construction manager.
  9. Office manager.
  10. Supply, distribution and procurement manager.
The Department of Employment Australian Jobs Occupation Matrix provides information on Australian careers and high demand jobs. Within and related to the growth industries listed above, here are ten high demand jobs to look out for in 2020.

1. Software developer.

Software developer is a job role within the Australian information technology sector. Job growth for this high demand job is predicted to be very strong with 146,800 jobs by 2023.

Software developers earn well above the average wage for Australia and work around 41 hours per week. The majority of software developers are between the ages of 25 and 44. Most are educated to Bachelor degree level.

Suggested course pathway for this high demand job role

2. IT business and systems analyst.

IT business and systems analyst is a job role within the Australian information technology sector. Job growth for this high demand job is predicted to be strong with 26,100 jobs by 2023.

IT business and systems analysts earn well above the average wage for Australia and work around 42 hours per week. The majority of IT business and systems analysts are between the ages of 25 and 54. Most are educated to Bachelor level.

Suggested course pathway for this job role

3. Construction project manager.

Construction project manager is a job role with the Australian construction sector. Job growth for this high demand job has been very strong with 42,100 jobs in 2016.

Construction project managers earn a wage above the average for Australia and work around 49 hours per week. The majority of construction project managers are aged between 25 and 54. Most are educated to either Certificate III & IV or Bachelor level.

Suggested course pathway for this job role

4. Care worker.

care worker concept

Care worker is a job role within the Australian community services sector. Job growth for this high demand job is predicted to be strong with 109,300 jobs by 2023

Care workers earn a wage that is just below the average for Australia and work around 42 hours per week. The majority of care workers are aged between 25 and 54. Most are educated to Certificate III & IV level.

Suggested course pathway for this job role

5. Centre manager.

Centre manager is a job role within the Australian community services sector. Job growth for this high demand job is predicted to be very strong with 23,900 jobs by 2023.

Community services centre managers earn a wage above the average for Australia and work around 44 hours per week. The majority of centre managers are aged between 35 and 54. Most are educated to Bachelor level or higher. 

Suggested course pathway for this job role

6. Marketing manager.

Marketing manager is a job role within the Australian marketing sector. Job growth for this high demand job has been strong with 100,600 jobs in 2016.

Marketing managers earn a wage just below the average for Australia and work around 46 hours per week. The majority of marketing managers are aged between 25 and 54. Most are educated to Bachelor level.

Suggested course pathway for this job role

7. Administrative assistant.

middle aged woman working on laptop

Administrative assistant is a job role within the Australian administration and business sector. Job growth for this role is expected to be stable with 7,900 jobs by 2023.

Administrative assistants earn a wage just below the average for Australia and work around 41 hours per week. The majority of administration assistants are aged between 25 and 54. Most are educated to Year 12 or Certificate III & IV level.

Suggested course pathway for this job role

8. Construction manager.

Construction manager is a job role within the Australian construction sector.  Job growth for this role is predicted to be very strong with 114,300 jobs by 2023.

Construction managers earn a wage that is well above the average for Australia and work around 48 hours per week. The majority of construction managers are aged between 25 and 54. Most are educated to Certificate III & IV level.

Suggested course pathway for this job role

9. Office manager.

Office manager is a job role within the Australian administration and business sector. Job growth for this role is expected to be stable with 115,400 jobs by 2023.

Office managers earn a wage similar to the average for Australia and work around 42 hours per week. The majority of office managers are aged between 35 and 54. Office managers have a wide range of qualification levels. 

Suggested course pathway for this job role

10. Supply, distribution and procurement manager (logistics manager).

Logistics manager is a job role within the Australian supply, distribution and procurement sector. Job growth for this role is predicted very strong growth with 49,200 jobs by 2023.

Logistics managers earn a wage that is well above the average for Australia and work around 47 hours per week. The majority of logistics managers are aged between 35 and 54. Logistics managers have a wide range of qualification levels.

Suggested course pathway for this job role

Start the new year by studying with Upskilled

If the high demand jobs listed above have given you a few career ideas, start 2020 by getting a qualification with Upskilled. Their online courses deliver high levels of skills without disrupting your existing job or home commitments. 

Most of Upskilled’s nationally recognised qualifications are only 12-months long and can deliver the proficiencies you need for a successful Australian career. Get in touch today to find out how they can help you find success in one of Australia’s growing careers.
 
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