Good news from future Australian job forecasts for those seeking flexible career change options

Flexibility to ensure I can actively participate in my family’s activities, is the number one influencer for my decision to run my business, Think Bespoke

When I share my own career journey with clients, I emphasise that my desire to have a flexible lifestyle drove my decision to start and run my business, not the desire to be a business owner.

Once we have children and as we get older, our priorities change. Many parents and carers are seeking more flexible career options to accommodate their roles as parents and carers of older parents.

Recent research about the future of jobs indicates that there is good news for those training for and seeking more flexible roles like nursing and teaching.


Nursing Careers

In this article by Melissa Mack, she informs us that in 10 years the people that will be needed in jobs the most in Australia will be those qualified as Nurses; with projections showing it is expected to become the fastest growing occupation by 2050.


Job Prospects – Primary Teaching

On the Australian Government’s Job Outlook website, there is interesting data Data (note – this is compiled yearly from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions). It shows some interesting information about opportunities for Primary School teachers, which seem to be based on 2012 data.
  • Over the five years to November 2017, the number of job openings for Primary School Teachers is expected to be high (greater than 50,000). Job openings can arise from employment growth and people leaving the occupation.
  • Employment for Primary School Teachers to November 2017 is expected to grow strongly. Employment in this very large occupation (155,200 in November 2012) rose slightly in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years).
  • Primary School Teachers have a below average proportion of full-time jobs (69 per cent). For Primary School Teachers working full-time, average weekly hours are 41.1 (compared to 41.3 for all occupations) and earnings are above average – in the seventh decile. Unemployment for Primary School Teachers is below average.
  • Primary School Teachers are mainly employed in Education and Training.

Key Indicators

Key Indicators graph - see table below for a summary

The graph shows 9 key indicators for this occupation – employment size, full-time share of employment, earnings, unemployment, historical employment growth (long-term, medium term and short-term), future employment growth, mix of industries and job openings. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


Fastest Growing Industries

In Melissa Mack‘s article, she also recommends that if you are looking to get into the employment fast lane here are the statistics on the top 3 growth industries, top 10 tertiary qualified jobs and top 5 vocational jobs (according to the Federal Employment Department).

Top three growth industries by 2025

1. Health care & social assistance – projected to increase by up to 798,000 jobs
2. Professional, scientific & technical services – projected to increase by up to 583,000 jobs
3. Education and training – projected to increase by up to 503,700 jobs

Top 10 tertiary qualified jobs in 2025

1. Registered nurses
2. Advertising and sales managers
3. Software and applications programmers
4. Accountants
5. CEO and Managing Directors
6. Secondary school teachers
7. Primary school teachers
8. Private tutors and teachers
9. Contract program and project administrators
10. General managers

Top 5 vocational and trade jobs

1. Aged & Disabled Carers
2. Child Carers
3. Electricians
4. Nursing Support & Personal Care Workers
5. Construction Managers

Making a career change

In this blog I explore how to decide if career change is the right move for you. 

If you need some help mapping out your next career move, please contact me for online tools or one on one coaching options.