Industries that are hiring in 2015

Want to know which industries will be red-hot in 2016? Find out which industries and skills have been on the most-wanted list over the past year, with demand expected to continue well into 2016.

A recovering economy, lower interest rates and burgeoning construction sector are all predicted to drive demand for labour in 2015, with skilled tradespeople and professionals leading the pack.

  • 16 of 19 Australian industries are predicted to see job increases to November 2018
  • Shortages are particularly evident for trades
  • New generation approaches to technology are driving demand for workers with niche skills across many industries

The biggest numbers of new jobs are in:

The hottest industries

Education and Training

The rate of population growth within Australia is higher now than it was for the Baby Boomers, putting pressure on Australia’s education system and driving demand for additional teachers across multiple disciplines. This growth, combined with an influx of parents striving to set their children up for academic success, is also impacting the tutoring industry in a positive manner.

The education and training industry is projected to:

  • Grow 13.3 per cent by 2018 – nearly doubling last year’s projection (Industry Projections to November 2018, Department of Employment)
  • Create 58,900 more jobs within five years 
  • See 222,000 university undergraduate degrees completed in 2017/2018 (up 25,000), according to the Department of Education
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Healthcare and Medical

The demand for healthcare and medical workers is being boosted across the country as a result of the ageing population and advanced medical treatment technologies.

Consequently, the healthcare and medical industry will see:

  • Job numbers grow 16.3 per cent by November 2018, as predicted by the NSW Government
  • Australia face a shortfall of 109,000 nurses by 2025 (Health Workforce Australia)
  • The trend towards more specialised nursing continue, as experienced nurses approach retirement age and technology makes its mark on the sector
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Building Trades

It’s a great time to be in the building trades, with the construction industry expected to grow 8 per cent by November 2018 (Industry Employment Projections 2014 Report, Department of Employment). Building trades jobs are in demand across the country (and not just in urban areas), while technicians and trade workers make up more than half of the industry.

Significant demand is evidenced by:

  • The National Skills Needs List including a number of building trades: bricklayer, cabinetmaker, carpenter, joiner, drainer, electrician, fibrous plasterer, floor finisher, gasfitter, painting trades worker, roof tiler, solid plasterer and stonemason
  • Building trades expected to rise by 83,500 jobs by the end of 2018 (Industry Employment Projections 2014 Report, Department of Employment)
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Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

ICT professionals play a vital role across almost every industry in Australia as technology becomes more integral to every facet of our lives. As an enabler of productivity and innovation in the economy, ICT is unmatched with an increased need for more specialist skills.

  • The Department of Employment is predicting strong growth in the demand for technology professions of 12.8 per cent by the end of 2018 (Occupation Projections to November 2018, Department of Employment)
  • The highest growth nationwide is expected for computer network professionals, with a 20.5 per cent increase projected (Industry Projections to November 2018, Department of Employment)
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Design and Architecture

Demand for architects rocketed in 2014, making the profession one of the most sought after in Australia. The recovering economy continues to stimulate a building boom which is boosting the need for these skills. Businesses are also moving towards more sophisticated online environments, growing demand for ‘new’ careers such as digital designers.

In a promising outlook for both sectors:

  • The Housing Industry Association now forecasts over 183,000 new dwellings will be built in 2015
  • Federally funded programs such as Generate Design are seeing innovation and growth brought into Australia’s $33 billion creative industries, fuelling demand for services
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Want to know which industries will be red-hot in 2016? Find out which industries and skills have been on the most-wanted list over the past year, with demand expected to continue well into 2016.

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