What the jobs future looks like for young Australians

Kaiden (left) alongside his supervisor Tegan at Cooroy Hotel, in Cooroy, Queensland

Kaiden (left) alongside his supervisor Tegan at Cooroy Hotel, in Cooroy, Queensland

This story was first published on Friday 10 August 2018. If you wish to use this content, please contact media@dese.gov.au to confirm that the information is still current.

On the 12 August, International Youth Day will be celebrated across the world to promote discussions important to young people and to recognise their achievements.

There are many young Australians who have inspired our nation, such as Jessica Watson, who sailed around the world solo at 16 years of age, and Marita Cheng, who founded Robogals in her early 20s as a way to encourage young women into engineering.

Being a young person often means considering future careers. Young people face things like choosing the right subjects to study at high school, TAFE and university, getting on-the-job experience, starting their first job, and they often ponder what sorts of jobs there will be in the future.

Australian Jobs 2018 predicts today’s young people are likely to have a range of roles and different occupations throughout their career. Some studies estimate that Australians will make 17 changes in employers across five different careers, so it’s important to have transferable skills to adapt to changing workforce demands.

These transferable skills include digital literacy, critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and presentation skills. Having these skills as well as expertise in a particular role will give young people an edge in the jobs market.

Occupations that are expected to grow most in the near future are Registered Nurses, Aged and Disabled Carers, Accountants, and Electricians.

Technology is likely to change professions in the future. Millennials can look forward to jobs in 3D Printing Designing, for example, that will be across industries in medicine, automotive and retail product design.

Another emerging job is Big Data Analyst, which involves sorting through huge amounts of data to help businesses and governments better understand their target clients.

Almost one million young workers are employed in three featured industries, Accommodation and Food Services, Construction and Retail Trade. This accounts for more than half (52.1%) of young workers employed. Employment in these industries is estimated to grow by 264,000 by May 2022.

Labour Market Analyst Ivan Neville says young people need not be alarmed if they don’t see themselves working in any of the roles that are expected to grow in the future.

‘When looking at options to study or work, make sure you do your research and pursue the right type of training for your chosen field, rather than picking any field to study.

‘It can be difficult to get your foot in the door, so having experience will open many doors. Try volunteer work, work experience placements or apprenticeships as a way to find what you like while receiving on-the-job experience,’ Ivan said.

Explore Job Outlook to find out more about the outlook for Australia’s young people in different careers and industries.

Correct at time of publication.