Published on Nov 7, 2017

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Fastest growing careers in Australia


The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) latest release has confirmed service jobs are going to be jobs of the future.  According to the 2016 Census data, 4 out of 5 Australians now work in the service sector.

Childcare, aged care workers, hospitality such as chefs and baristas as well as sales assistants were some of the fastest-growing occupations according to the latest Census 2016.

The surge and adoption of social media, renewed interest in health and wellbeing and self-image has pushed a new era of jobs growth for services such as beauty therapists and fitness instructors. Between 2011 and 2016 Australia gained 27% more fitness instructors and 25% more beauty therapists.

Noteworthy considering Australia only saw a total population increase of only 9% in the same period!

While 1 in 8 workers now earn a living in health care and social assistance, jobs in community and personal service increased by 19% between 2011-2016.

Some of the fastest growing jobs are part time positions such as baristas and bar service jobs. There are 23% more baristas and bar attendants in 2016 than there were in 2011.

Domestic cleaners ‘clean up’ in a service economy, with the number of jobs more than doubling.

The push for a service based economy is also supported by research conducted by the Cessnock City Council’s Economic Development Unit, in planning for future industries and for sustainable jobs.

Tourism is a critical part of the service economy that is proving to be very prominent for the Cessnock LGA economy and its future, with a massive share of local jobs. Many food and hospitality jobs fall under tourism, and so do other service sectors such as arts and recreation industries where jobs grew by 16.6%.

There was a 15% rise for teaching and real estate agent jobs. Tradespeople and technicians only realised a 1.6% increase, yet 1 in 5 working males hold this profession in 2016.

Construction jobs grew 10%, and mining jobs only saw 0.5% growth. More worryingly for regional Australia is the loss of one quarter of Australian manufacturing jobs between 2011, and 2016.

Stay tuned for more on the latest economic data from the ABS over the coming months. Specific data on the Cessnock LGA economy, jobs, journey to work data and sector analysis is coming soon.