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Which jobs and skills will be in demand in the future?


Jobs, like anything else, are driven by market demand. There’s little point training for a job that isn’t going to be in demand by the time you’ve qualified. But which jobs and skills will be in demand in the future?

According to The Department of Employment, which carries out six-monthly research to identify skill shortages in the Australian labour market, the jobs below are those currently in demand in metropolitan and regional Western Australia.

In a recent article in WA Gov News pointing out WA’s top growth industries, the be Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey encourages job seekers to explore TAFE training options to take advantage of forecasted job growth in the State.

KEY TO RATINGS

S – State-wide shortage

M – Shortage in metropolitan areas

R – Shortage in regional areas

D – Recruitment difficulty

 

DEFINITIONS OF RATINGS

Shortage

Skill shortages exist when employers are unable to fill or have considerable difficulty filling vacancies, or significant specialised skill needs within that occupation, at current levels of remuneration and conditions of employment, and in reasonably accessible locations.

Recruitment difficulty

Recruitment difficulties occur when some employers have difficulty filling vacancies for an occupation. There may be an adequate supply of skilled workers but some employers are unable to attract and recruit sufficient suitable workers for reasons which include: the specific experience or specialist skill requirements of the vacancy; differences in hours of work required by the employer and those sought by applicants; or particular locational or transport issues.

Jobs and skills demand
“The foundations of WA’s economy are very strong and there are plenty of job opportunities to be taken advantage of” - Liza Harvey

PROFESSIONALS

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:

  • Sonographer (S)
  • Midwife (R)
  • Registered Nurses (R)
  • Audiologist (S)

 

DESIGN, ENGINEERING, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORT

  • Veterinarian (D)
  • Agricultural Consultant/Scientist (D)

 

EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS:

  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher (R)
  • Special Education Teachers (M/D)

 

IT PROFESSIONALS:

  • Web Developer (S/D)
  • Analyst and Developer Programmers (S/D)
  • ICT Security Specialist (S/D)

 

TECHNICIANS AND TRADES

 AUTOMOTIVE AND ENGINEERING:

  • Motor Mechanics (R)
  • Panelbeater (S/D)
  • Vehicle Painter (R)
  • Automotive Electrician (S)
  • Locksmith (S)
  • Cabinetmaker (M)

 

FOOD TRADES:

  • Butcher or Smallgoods Maker (S)
  • Pastrycook (S/D)

 

CONSTRUCTION:

  • Stonemason (S)
  • Glazier (S)
  • Solid Plasterer (S)
  • Roof Tiler (S)
  • Wall and Floor Tiler (S)

 

ANIMAL AND HORTICULTURAL:

  • Arborist (S)

 

OTHER:

  • Hairdresser (S)

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