Australia's most future-proof jobs revealed

Samantha Menzies
Senior editor – Finance
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Australia’s economic growth is in a worrying state, the property market is spiralling, inflation is low and its putting huge pressure on our lacklustre jobs market and wage growth.

Throw in concerns around robots taking over our jobs and it’s easy to see why Aussies are so concerned about the security of their future career path.

According to Callam Pickering, APAC Economist at Indeed, there are four sectors in Australia where we could see significant jobs growth.

“A vast majority of growth will be in service sector industries, providing a range of personal or business services,” he told Yahoo Finance.

“An ageing population will create huge demand for healthcare and aged care services, while continuous learning will require thousands of new teachers.”

“Throughout it all, new technologies will continue to change the Australian workplace, meaning it will often replace existing jobs.”

“However, jobs in healthcare, teaching, cooking and marketing are likely to stand the test of time as these fields innately require unique human skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, taste, and empathy.”

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Here are Australia’s four most ‘future-proof’ jobs, according to Pickering.

1. Marketing

Marketing has been identified as the fastest growing occupation worldwide due to ‘soft’ skills, such as creativity, critical thinking and an understanding of the human touch, Pickering explained.

This is something that artificial intelligence (AI) won’t be able to replicate in the foreseeable future.

In the last 10 years, employment in marketing has increased by 5.5 per cent per year, close to an additional 30,000 jobs.

2. Healthcare

Australia’s ageing population has increased demand for healthcare workers and social assistance across the board.

In 2007 13 per cent of Australia’s population was over the age of 65, but by 2017 this had risen to 15 per cent and it’s expected to reach 20 per cent by 2037.

With employment in healthcare increasing by an average of 4.4 per cent per year, job openings are only expected to increase in the industry, as Australia’s population continues to grow older and remains in the workforce for longer.

“As an industry, healthcare is typically at the forefront of technological developments, and these are likely to be complemented by any advancements in AI/tech,” Pickering said.

3. Chefs/Cooks 

It goes without saying that robots aren’t known for their taste in food.

Similar to marketing roles, being a chef requires creativity and an intimate understanding of the human experience.

Employment within this industry is on the rise with jobs increasing by 3.5 per cent each year. In the last three years alone, over 27,000 people have entered this occupation.

4. Teaching

Pickering pointed out that the need to upskill and remain competitive in a technologically driven workforce has meant that Australians are constantly looking to grow their knowledge and skill base.

Indeed identified that demand for teachers has increased by 2.4 per cent per year and they rank third in Australia’s leading exports.

With people looking outside of school and university for new skills, the role of teacher is no longer confined to the traditional classroom setting and instead incorporates online courses and technologies to aid with learning.

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