Two occupational groups - Professionals and Community and Personal Service Workers are expected to account for 62.8 per cent of the total growth in employment over the next five years.
Aged and Disabled Carers, Software and Applications Programmers, Primary School Teachers and Chefs will be in most demand in the next five years.
According to the Australian Jobs report, Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business’s annual publication about the Australian labour market, more than one-third of new employment over the next five years is expected to be for Professionals (10.9 per cent).
With strong growth projected in Health Care and Social Assistance industry along with Construction, Education and Training and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, occupations like registered nurses, child carers, education aides will be in high demand in the next five years.
Which occupations will see strong growth in employment opportunities?
Currently, more than three million Australians or almost one in four Australian workers classify as a Professional in the workforce.
Professionals are registered nurses, accountants, primary and secondary school teachers and software and applications programmers; and this category will continue to grow strongly (up by 325,800 jobs or 10.9 per cent) over the five years to May 2023 with particularly strong growth expected for health and ICT professionals, according to the 2019 Australian Jobs report.
Aged and disabled carers, child carers, waiters, bar attendants and baristas and education aides – the people who fall under the Community and Personal Service Workers category will see strong growth (230,000 or 17.5 per cent) in the next five years.
Together, these two occupational groups are expected to account for 62.8 per cent of the total growth in employment over the next five years.
The other occupation group projected to grow at an average of 7 per cent is Managers (Retail Managers, Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers, Construction Managers, Livestock Farmers and Other hospitality, Retail and Service Managers) who will see almost 109,900 jobs in the next five years.
Which occupations will see a decline in employment opportunities?
Due to ongoing challenges that globalisation and technological advancement presents, some occupations are likely to see weak growth in employment opportunities.
Some of these occupations are from the Clerical and Administrative Workers group where work is routine in nature and susceptible to automation, such as Contract, Program and Project Administrators (13,800 or 14.5 per cent), Secretaries (down by 13,600 or 32.5 per cent), Personal Assistants (5800 or 11.0 per cent), Information Officers (4100 or 6.6 per cent) and Bank Workers (2400 or 5.5 per cent).
Continuing technology developments in the Agriculture industry are also expected to reduce projected employment in several occupations including Livestock Farmers (down by 2100 or 2.7 per cent), Livestock Farm Workers (1600 or 5.7 per cent) and Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers (1000 or 3.4 per cent).
The impact of continuing structural change on the Manufacturing industry in Australia is expected to sustain the pre-existing trend of falling projected employment in occupations like Engineering Production Workers (down by 4300 or 23.9 per cent), Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (2200 or 7.2 per cent) and Metal Engineering Process Workers (1800 or 14.6 per cent).
(This is part two of our report on Australian Job Market Outlook)