The tech­nol­ogy may be new but its ef­fect on work is not, Me­lanie Burgess re­ports

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A DVANCING tech­nol­ogy may re­place hu­mans in some jobs but the world has been through this work­force change be­fore. As in the past, new roles will come to the fore.

Since our par­ents’ and grand­par­ents’ time, new sec­tors have been cre­ated or be­come main­stream – and not just in the dig­i­tal sphere.


As the work­load in­creased for me­chan­ics, so too did the work­force.

The num­ber of reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles grew from about 1.5 mil­lion to 18.4 mil­lion be­tween 1950 and 2016, the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics shows.

Aus­tralians went from hav­ing one car in the street to one car for each adult, while trucks over­took trains for com­mer­cial trans­port.

Em­ploy­ment Depart­ment fig­ures show about 106,900 peo­ple now work as au­to­mo­tive elec­tri­cians and me­chan­ics in Aus­tralia.


While nan­nies and nurses have al­ways ex­isted, so­cial and pol­icy changes since the 1970s have cre­ated a boom­ing care in­dus­try. Daniel Mus­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Charl­ton Brown, says one big in­flu­ence for child­care was women be­gin­ning to work full time.

“(We ex­pect) con­tin­ued growth in that sec­tor over the next five to six years as peo­ple need to work to main­tain their life­style,” he says.

Mean­while, an in­flu­en­tial change for the aged care sec­tor was the in­tro­duc­tion of com­pul­sory su­per­an­nu­a­tion, as Aus­tralians now re­tire with the funds to pay for qual­ity care.

“Right now we’ve got one aged care carer for ev­ery four el­derly Aus­tralians but that num­ber of el­derly Aus­tralians will dou­ble in the next five years so we need to ef­fec­tively dou­ble (the work­force) just to keep the same ra­tio,” he says.


To­day’s seden­tary life­style means we need to move more in our spare time to keep fit.

Gyms have opened up in al­most ev­ery sub­urb and per­sonal train­ers have be­come com­mon.

In just the past 30 years the sports and fit­ness work­force has grown from 13,200 to 87,100 work­ers.

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