Key roles seek­ing work­ers

Feast on the long-term op­por­tu­ni­ties which await in five key oc­cu­pa­tions, CareerOne Edi­tor Cara Jenkin re­ports.

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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.’’

Pic­ture: Brooke Whatnall

In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel ex­ec­u­tive chef Tony Hart.

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