Knowing how Australia is changing gives us a big picture view of where our future jobs might be.

The future of Australian jobs is strong, with the number of workers in most industries expected to grow over the next five years. There are likely to be around 886,000 more jobs by 2023i.

Opportunities don’t just come from jobs growth or increased demand for goods and services, many job openings will come from workers leaving to do things like:

  • study
  • change jobs
  • care for family
  • retire, or
  • travel.

In fact, more than one million Australians change jobs every year and more than half move to a different industry or careerii.

Service industries set to boom

We expect the top industries for jobs growth over the next five years (to 2023) will be:

Almost 2 in every 3 new jobs created will come from these four industries.

Department of Education, Skills and Employment labour market analyst, Ivan Neville, sums up some of the changes we can expect- 'We are seeing the strongest employment growth in quite traditional service roles – in particular, there's strong demand for carers across the board.'

Reasons for jobs growth in these industries

  • An ageing population, the NDIS (Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme), and growing demand for childcare and home-care based services is driving jobs growth.
  • Investment in infrastructure (like roads, railways and airports) means jobs will continue to grow in the engineering construction sector. Workers will also be needed to build home for our growing population.
  • The number of school-aged children is growing and there is strong demand for adult and community education. More people are working part-time and in non-teaching support roles.
  • Demand is growing for qualified workers, especially in computer system design, and the management and consulting services sectors.

Jobs grow to support leisure activities

Australians love their sport and are becoming more health conscious. Jobs in the Arts and Recreation Services industry will grow over the next five years off the back of strong involvement in sport at all levels and ongoing demand for personal fitness services.

The fast-growing Accommodation and Food Services industry in Australia will also offer up more jobs over the next five years. This is backed by strong domestic and international tourism and more Australians making time for social coffee and dining experiences.

Explore Industries for an overview of the types of jobs that make up Australia's industries.

Higher skilled jobs on the rise

Jobs expected to grow the most over the coming five years include:

Over 90% of new jobs over the next five years will need education beyond school and some jobs will need more training than they used to. Many professional and service roles demand university or VET (Vocational Education and Training) qualifications.

That said, many of the jobs expected to grow strongly need little or no formal training.

Lower skilled jobs can also offer rewarding careers or pathways to other jobs.

Explore Careers to learn more about the nature and requirements of a range of jobs.

To see the jobs that are expected to grow the most, select a job group from the chart and then select 'Forward'. Jobs expected to grow the most are at the top of the list – scroll down to see all jobs. Use the 'Clear All' button to start over.

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iABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Education, Skills and Employment projections to 2023.

iiAustralian Bureau of Statistics, Participation, Job Search and Mobility, Australia, February 2016 (cat. no. 6226.0).


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