Key roles seeking workers
Feast on the long-term opportunities which await in five key occupations, CareerOne Editor Cara Jenkin reports.
JOBS are going begging in high-paying, popular and secure roles, leaving workers spoiled for choice in the hunt for a solid future, a CareerOne investigation finds.
Data from careerone.com.au, the federal Employment Department’s Australian Jobs 2011 projections and industry experts finds health, mining and hospitality can provide occupations in which workers can not only walk into a job now but also find long-term employment security.
Five of the jobs most in need of more qualified staff in South Australia are country doctor, aged-care worker, chef, mine geologist and civil engineer.
Workers with a variety of skilled backgrounds can choose their employer and be guaranteed of jobs in their industry throughout their working lives because of the ongoing demand for people with the skills.
Demand often is so high staff are paid a premium for their talents or can command their employment conditions, otherwise they can easily find work elsewhere.
Some jobs are available with as little as six months of study.
Australian Institute of Social Research executive director Dr John Spoehr says there are many occupations in which the prospects of long-term employment are very high and workers are in high demand.
He says employers often find it difficult to attract and retain people into jobs because of competition for the supply of skilled workers or tough workloads.
But those prepared to get the skills and meet the challenge will be rewarded with a successful, secure career, he says.
‘‘One reason is it’s because they can be really hard jobs, physically and emotionally taxing, like aged care and nursing,’’ Dr Spoehr says.
‘‘The nature of the work – it can be something that people can do for a while, but for certain times of their life, it becomes inconvenient and makes it difficult to balance work-life pressures.’’
He calls for employers to offer greater flexibility to staff if they want to retain workers long-term.
It would provide a win-win for employees, who can now move around from employer to employer to find a better working environment or salary that suits their changing requirements.
The ageing population is creating a steady stream of new jobs for aged care workers who are needed to meet the need for services.
Country doctors are also in high demand because of the opportunities available in city areas, which are more attractive for, and so often lure, trained staff.
It means doctors can walk into any job outside of Adelaide.
Mine geologists will have increasing options because of the mining boom, in exploration and operational projects, of which many will function for several decades.
Civil engineers are required in a variety of industries associated with infrastructure. These include mining, but the short supply of workers taking on the career option means immediate and long-term employment prospects.
Chefs are constantly required because of demanding workloads and their services always are required by the population.
Intercontinental Hotel executive chef Tony Hart, 48, discovered the employment opportunities available as a chef when he began his career as a dishwasher.
‘‘Before I knew it, I was hooked for life,’’ he says.
‘‘In the end the job is very satisfying and when it all goes right, it seems like a beautiful dance.
‘‘It’s nice to feel that you produce something tangible.’’
InterContinental Hotel executive chef Tony Hart.