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Peo­ple who can take pho­tos that are worth fram­ing may con­sider a ca­reer as a pho­tog­ra­pher. This may in­volve a range of tasks, from shoot­ing events such as wed­dings, mu­sic fes­ti­vals and awards nights, or cov­er­ing news sto­ries as a pho­to­jour­nal­ist, to work­ing in the fine art sec­tor, cre­at­ing images that may be hung in a gallery or turned into post­cards and tourist keep­sakes. Gov­ern­ment data fore­casts em­ploy­ment will grow from 15,700 workers in 2017 to 16,400 in 2022. While a for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion is not re­quired for this line of work, cour­ses are avail­able at vo­ca­tional and ter­tiary lev­els. Prac­ti­cal short cour­ses are also of­fered that are not na­tion­ally recog­nised but can teach the ba­sic skills re­quired to op­er­ate a cam­era and edit the images in post-pro­duc­tion. A Cer­tifi­cate IV in Pho­tog­ra­phy and Photo Imag­ing can typ­i­cally be com­pleted in 18 weeks while a Bach­e­lor of Pho­tog­ra­phy re­quires three years of study. PayS­cale re­ports the av­er­age salary is $54,000.


In­stalling win­dow frames and door frames is a big part of the job for join­ers. Other tasks in­clude fit­ting stair­cases, roof tim­bers and par­ti­tion walls. Gov­ern­ment data re­veals about 117,600 car­pen­ters and join­ers are em­ployed across Aus­tralia, with most work­ing full time (92.4 per cent). While the num­ber of new jobs is only forecast to in­crease by about 200 be­tween 2017 and 2022, 53,000 job open­ings are ex­pected in that time – mainly the re­sult of nat­u­ral staff turnover as it is a large oc­cu­pa­tional group. More than two-thirds of car­pen­ters and join­ers hold a cer­tifi­cate III or IV as their high­est level of ed­u­ca­tion. This is be­cause an ap­pren­tice­ship is the in­dus­try stan­dard. About one in 20 hold a di­ploma or bach­e­lor de­gree. PayS­cale re­ports join­ers earn on av­er­age $55,000.


Whether it is ca­reer, mar­riage, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or school coun­selling, this ca­reer is all about help­ing oth­ers get into the right frame of mind. Gov­ern­ment data fore­casts very strong job growth, with an ex­tra 5800 coun­sel­lors pre­dicted to be needed be­tween 2017 and 2022. Among the cur­rent work­force of 23,500, about half work full time (54 per cent) and 77.1 per cent are fe­male. More than four in five workers have been to univer­sity and more than a third hold a post­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion. A com­mon course is a Bach­e­lor of Coun­selling, which re­quires three years of full-time study. The av­er­age salary of a men­tal health coun­sel­lor is $60,000, PayS­cale re­ports.

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