JOBS THAT TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
PAINT PROTECTION FILM INSTALLER
Also known as PPF installation, this is a niche line of work in Australia. It involves installing films to vehicle bodywork to protect the paint from chips, scratches and sun damage.
Slick Azz Protective Coatings owner Maddison Lawrence says PPF installers work on vehicles from luxury cars to trucks.
Most workers are only required to complete a three-day course to be employed. “It then takes a good 12 months of practice until you’ll be good enough to comfortably install to high enough standards for luxury vehicles,” she says.
“PPF installation is very new to Australia but massive throughout the rest of the world. I love the opportunity I have to grow the awareness of this industry.”
When most people think of jobs associated with road repairs, traffic controllers – those who manage traffic at road worksites and events that require a road closure – may not immediately spring to mind. Glassdoor data reveals a national average base pay of $63,560. To become accredited in Queensland, a worker must complete an approved training course, which includes in-class training as well as industry placement at a road work site. Trainees must complete at least 20 hours’ practical experience under the direct supervision of an experienced accredited traffic controller. They must also have held an open or provisional driver's licence within the past five years to ensure an understanding of vehicle manoeuvrability and braking dynamics, and are subject to offence history, licence history and other checks.
Federal Government forecasts show about 1300 more tourism and travel advisers are expected to be needed in the next five years.
This includes travel agents, who are hired to offer advice on travel destinations, plan itineraries, and book travel arrangements for individuals and groups.
Travellers constantly look for interesting new destinations and often turn to travel agents as a trusted source, so agents may need to travel to new places themselves to experience them.
A common qualification is a Certificate III in Travel, which typically involves a practical work placement. A Diploma of Travel and Tourism or a Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management) are also available for agents who want to work in a supervisory or management role in the sector.
PayScale Australia reports the average travel agent earns a $38,468 salary, although this can increase with sale commissions.