With South Australia having the highest unemployment rate in the country, many workers are looking over their shoulders concerned about what’s around the corner.
But as quickly as traditional industries are being made obsolete by factors such as technology, new sectors are emerging to pick-up the slack.
Job site Indeed recently analysed its search data to reveal the careers that are least at risk of becoming obsolete through automation. Occupations that made the list included cyber security experts, marketers and designers, human resource managers, gig-workers (such as Uber drivers), teachers, chefs and roles in healthcare.
If you’re looking to the future at where your career options sit, here’s some of the industries and jobs to put at the top of your list.
The jobs of the future
Cyber security experts
With increasing numbers of cyber attacks in Australia (cybercrime now costs Australians over $1 billion dollars each year) there’s growing demand for cyber security professionals and cyber forensics experts, as organisations seek to fight off cyber criminals.
Between 2015 and 2017, Indeed reported there was an increase of 124% in job postings in Australia for cyber security roles.
So what does a job in cyber security look like?
You would be in charge of developing security measures within software systems and networks; identifying vulnerabilities and risks in hardware and software; and monitoring for attacks and intrusions.
Callam Pickering, Indeed’s APAC economist, said chefs require creative intelligence and complex manual skills, resulting in the role being difficult to automate.
In fact, in Australia, chefs are the 4th most advertised position on Indeed’s site, and pizza cooks are the second hardest to fill, with 80% of roles still open after 60 days.
People need to eat and they love to eat out, with the 2017 report into ‘Eating out in Australia’ revealing that on average Australians dine out two to three times a week. Each Australian household spends an average of $94 a week eating out, totalling $45 billion a year!
Australian Bureau of Statistics show there will be 9.6 million people aged 65 and over by 2064 in Australia, driving a high demand for jobs in healthcare, such as caregivers, support workers, nurses, doctors and occupational therapists.
To meet the ageing population, the Federal Employment Department predicts that by 2025 the health industry will add 798,000 jobs into the Australian market.
Healthcare is a focus for all governments – particularly in relation to the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will place greater demand on the social assistance industry and create employment growth.
NDIS is the sleeping giant
More than 70,000 new workers will need to be trained to work in the disability sector in the next three years to provide enough support workers for NDIS participants.
In South Australia about 6000 new jobs in the disability sector will be created and with the industry already severely short-staffed – it is vital the workforce is built.
The NDIS is expected to be fully rolled out by July 2018, providing support to about 32,000 people living with a disability.
The NDIS puts the control back into the hands of the individual, as they create a care plan that meets their needs and goals, and also allows them to choose their providers.
NDIS support care workers have a positive impact on the lives of NDIS participants and assist them to fulfil their plan.
What does a career as a NDIS support worker look like?
Hours are flexible
NDIS participants require assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, resulting in flexible hours for support workers. For example, if you’re a parent – you could work your hours around your children’s care needs. At University? Then seek work that is outside of your class hours or on an evening or weekend.
Role is incredibly varied
You could be working with children, in residential care, or with people with low to complex needs.
Your day-to-day role will vary and depends on the needs and goals of the NDIS participant you are working with.
However, some of the ways you may assist include getting involved in their education, helping them socialise, supporting them in their home life with domestic duties or assisting them to achieve healthy outcomes.
How do you become a NDIS support care worker?
While, it is not yet compulsory for support workers to have qualifications, having one does put you ahead of the game in employability. With some companies like Hessel Group requiring workers to have a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) as a minimum qualification for employment.
While, it is not yet compulsory for support workers to have qualifications, Hessel Group requires workers to have a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) as a minimum qualification for employment.
To gain your Certificate III, completion takes between six to 12 months depending on whether you study internally or externally.
Employment rates for those who have completed Certificate III are very high, with 69% of support workers finding employment when they have completed their Certificate with Hessel Group’s Enhance Training and have then sought Hessel Group and other disability support providers to find their roles.
A rewarding job
A career as a support worker is not always easy – but it will bring out the best in you and is highly satisfying.
To learn more about studying a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) and the role of a NDIS support worker, visit Hessel Group’s training site.
References: 70,000 jobs – http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/the-22-billion-disability-scheme-may-have-to-be-delayed-to-prevent-cost-blowouts-and-poor-plans/news-story/1855d226c1f38dd26310018e2041c76b