24 Jun 2017
People entering the workforce today will likely have more than 17 jobs across five career paths. While change might seem like the only constant, there are some clear trends that are shaping what skills will be in demand in tomorrow’s job market.
Why the Australian job market is changing
Technology and market forces are changing the Australian workforce at an unprecedented rate. Data collected from 4.2 million online job ads collated by the Foundation for Young Australians shows the demand for applicants with critical thinking skills has risen by 158 per cent, and a desire for staff with creativity has risen by 65 per cent – a trend which is pegged to keep rising. In fact ‘soft’ skills such as problem-solving, communication skills, critical thinking, creativity, and digital literacy, have been noted to be the most powerful predictor of long-term success.
The same report found that the jobs most likely to survive automation, require transferrable ‘soft’ skills. The good news is if you’ve got these skills you’re likely to earn between $3,000 to $8,600 per year more.
Career opportunities in the years ahead
As for what jobs you’ll be applying for in the years to come, the next decade and a half will see 40 per cent of Australian jobs largely affected by automation. While this will leave some roles by the wayside, it will also create a plethora of new career opportunities for those with the right skills.
According to LinkedIn some of the most in-demand skills in 2018 include:
- Web architecture and development framework
- Data presentation (graphic design)
- SEO/SEM marketing
- Network and information security
- Mobile development
- Marketing campaign management
- Electronic and electrical engineering
The range of new roles coming in the next few years is incredible. Things are clearly shifting digital. From artificial intelligence and robotics to nanotechnology and 3D printing, the future is digital and is unfolding before our eyes at a rapid pace.
If we look even further into the future, reports from BRW and Deloitte suggest the following industries are going to boom over the next 25 years thanks to cultural shifts and an aging population:
- Aged care
- Community care and personal services
- Information technology
- Preventative health and wellness
- Food and food processing
The future is yours
Change is a good thing; and you’re more prepared to handle it than most. The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey collected data from Gen Ys across the globe and showed that today’s youth are more adaptable to change, thirsty for knowledge and growth opportunities, and fiercely committed to working toward making the world a better place. So what are you waiting for?
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