Seek out skills in de­mand

Check the stats to make a smart ca­reer choice

Warwick Daily News - - CAREERS - ME­LANIE BURGESS

THERE is no doubt pas­sion should be a de­cid­ing fac­tor when it comes to choos­ing a ca­reer but it is also im­por­tant for job seek­ers to re­search em­ploy­ment mar­kets and en­sure they are mak­ing a con­sid­ered choice.

One way to do this is to check the unem­ploy­ment rates of po­ten­tial oc­cu­pa­tions.

Those with low unem­ploy­ment are more likely to have de­mand for skilled work­ers and there­fore more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Aus­tralian Jobs 2018 re­port re­vealed 141 oc­cu­pa­tions had a below-av­er­age unem­ploy­ment rate in 2017.

These were spread across all in­dus­tries but most were in health and com­mu­nity ser­vices (30 oc­cu­pa­tions), con­struc­tion, ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign (11), ac­count­ing, bank­ing and fi­nan­cial ser­vices (10), per­sonal ser­vices (nine) and ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Within ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, for ex­am­ple, early child­hood, pri­mary, sec­ondary and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers all recorded a below-av­er­age unem­ploy­ment rate.

Within health and com­mu­nity ser­vices, the list ranged from paramedics to po­di­a­trists to speech pathol­o­gists.

Hays Aus­tralia manag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Deligiannis said in­dus­tries with low unem­ploy­ment rates were typ­i­cally those with strong de­mand for highly skilled pro­fes­sion­als.

“IT (in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy) is an­other in­dus­try that’s see­ing strong de­mand in many

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IT’S ADVANTAGEOUS TO PUR­SUE AN OC­CU­PA­TION WITH A BELOW-AV­ER­AGE UNEM­PLOY­MENT RATE BE­CAUSE YOUR SKILLS WILL BE IN DE­MAND BY EM­PLOY­ERS WHO ARE FAC­ING A SHORT­AGE OF PEO­PLE WITH THE EX­PER­TISE THEY NEED.

NICK DELIGIANNIS

oc­cu­pa­tions,” he said.

“It’s advantageous to pur­sue an oc­cu­pa­tion with a be­lowa­v­er­age unem­ploy­ment rate be­cause your skills will be in de­mand by em­ploy­ers who are fac­ing a short­age of peo­ple with the ex­per­tise they need.”

Mr Deligiannis said low unem­ploy­ment rates could be caused by growth in the in­dus­try or a short­age of peo­ple pur­su­ing

a ca­reer in that par­tic­u­lar field.

“In ei­ther case, the re­sult is an ex­ist­ing pool of labour that doesn’t con­tain enough peo­ple

with the skills cer­tain oc­cu­pa­tions re­quire,” he said.

“Con­sider ca­reers in high­skill in­dus­tries or that re­quire highly skilled pro­fes­sion­als as

they are less likely to be au­to­mated than low-skill jobs that in­volve rou­tine and repet­i­tive tasks. Re­mem­ber that con­tin­u­ous up-skilling is a re­quire­ment

in to­day’s world of work to keep your skills cur­rent and em­ploy­able, re­gard­less of the pro­fes­sion you choose or your level of se­nior­ity.”

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