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The per­fect job could be out there, writes Me­lanie Burgess

CHOOS­ING the right ca­reer can be con­tin­gent on any num­ber of fac­tors but for many peo­ple, a sense of ful­fil­ment and abun­dance of op­por­tu­nity are likely to be im­por­tant. Anal­y­sis of data from SEEK Ca­reer Ad­vice and the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s JobOut­look fore­casts has iden­ti­fied 23 roles that tick both of these boxes.

In each, the av­er­age worker rates their job sat­is­fac­tion at least four stars out of five and there is ex­pected to be more than 20 per cent job growth be­tween 2019 and 2024.

About half of the iden­ti­fied roles are in the health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance in­dus­try – clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, case man­ager, aged care worker, psy­chol­o­gist, dis­abil­ity sup­port worker, al­lied health as­sis­tant, sup­port worker, speech pathol­o­gist, men­tal health sup­port worker, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, coun­sel­lor and com­mu­nity sup­port worker.

The rest span busi­ness, IT, ed­u­ca­tion and de­sign, with the roles of net­work en­gi­neer, mar­ket­ing man­ager, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing man­ager, man­age­ment con­sul­tant, busi­ness con­sul­tant, an­a­lyst pro­gram­mer, change man­ager, Java de­vel­oper, brand man­ager, build­ing de­signer and teacher’s aide.

Em­ployer Brand­ing Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Puncher says it is im­por­tant to choose the right em­ployer, not just the right role.

“It’s not enough to say ‘I am part of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that does this’, you have to feel you are per­son­ally con­tribut­ing to the good,” he says.

“(For ex­am­ple,) so many peo­ple go into aged care or dis­abil­ity care to help oth­ers but if you are not re­ally con­nected to the peo­ple around you, it makes it hard to have that im­pact.”

He rec­om­mends job­seek­ers look through an em­ployer’s web­site and so­cial media ac­counts and read em­ployee re­views on SEEK Com­pany Re­views or Glass­door.

Puncher says pro­jected job growth is an im­por­tant fac­tor to con­sider, too, as it can pro­vide sta­bil­ity as well as in­creased op­tions when choos­ing an em­ployer.

“Be more strate­gic,” he says.

Of the 23 jobs iden­ti­fied as hav­ing high job sat­is­fac­tion and strong growth, nine also have an av­er­age ad­ver­tised salary on SEEK of more than $100,000.

They are net­work en­gi­neer, mar­ket­ing man­ager, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing man­ager, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, busi­ness con­sul­tant, change man­ager, Java de­vel­oper and brand man­ager.

HELP­ING HAND: SwanCare RN Marie Wang, above and inset, catches up with res­i­dent Pauline Best.

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