The state of employment 2013: where the jobs are

If you’re trying to figure out what career path will present the most opportunities for you, it might pay to find out which jobs are most in demand for where you live. To give you a helping hand we’ve compiled some useful stats on the prevalence of jobs in different industries, based on location.

The Australian Government annually profiles 19 industries to outline employment trends and growth, both nationally and by state/territory. The latest report, released this year, shows that 1.37 million Australians are currently working in the category of ‘Health care and social assistance’. That’s over one in eight people and that number is rising, with the category ranking in the top growing industries for jobs in every single state and territory.

So what other industries offer you the best chance of a job? Here’s a breakdown of some industries to watch in your state or territory.

New South Wales

With a higher population than any other state or territory, New South Wales accounts for almost one in every three Australian workers. According to Australian Government statistics, Health care and social assistance, Retail trade, Manufacturing, and Professional, scientific and technical services (including accounting, software programming, graphic design, bookkeeping, civil engineering, solicitors, architects and secretaries) are the four largest employment categories in the state. The following areas showed the most employment growth, accounting for two thirds of overall growth:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Accommodation and food services

While mining is still a relatively small employer in New South Wales, its state-wide workforce has more than doubled over the past five years, making it an industry to watch.

Victoria

As the second most populous state, Victoria accounts for one quarter of Australian workers. The state shares the same four largest industry employers as New South Wales and has seen job opportunities increase in 14 of the 19 government industries over the past five years. The top Victorian industries for employment growth are:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Construction

Queensland

Queensland makes up 20.3 per cent of national employment and, unlike most states, jobs are not concentrated in the capital city. Queensland’s top employing industries are Health care and social assistance, Retail trade, Manufacturing and Professional, scientific and technical services, accounting for 39 per cent of state employment. The past five years have seen growth in 12 out of 19 industries in Queensland. The top increasing industries are:

South Australia

As in most other states, the bulk of South Australia’s workforce is found in the state capital – in this case, Adelaide. The four main employment industries are Health care and social assistance, Retail trade, Manufacturing and Education and training. The following industries recorded the largest increases in job opportunities:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Education and training
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

Western Australia

Not only is Western Australia the fourth largest employment state in Australia, it also boasts the most rapid employment growth. The western state also hosts 40.2 per cent of mining jobs in Australia. The remaining top hiring industries in Western Australia are Health care and social assistance, Retail trade and Construction. In the past five years, an impressive 13 of the 19 government-profiled industries have grown in employment rates. Half of the new positions generated sit in the following industries:

  • Mining
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Administrative and support services

Tasmania

Tasmania may be the smallest state, but in the past five years employment has increased by 1.5 per cent. Facilitating almost half of Tasmania’s employment are Health care and social assistance, Retail trade and Education and training, as well as Manufacturing. With job opportunities increasing in 9 out of 19 industries, the greatest growth in the last five years has been in:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Mining

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory accounts for only 1.1 per cent of Australia’s workforce but has shown a substantial employment rate growth of 13.3 per cent since 2007. Public administration and safety is one sector providing significant job numbers, as well as the following industries that also saw growth in the past five years:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Construction
  • Education and training

While mining does not make the top four employment industries in raw numbers, it still recorded a staggering 74.3 per cent increase over the past five years and is a promising industry for growth in the Northern Territory.

ACT

Housing the nation’s capital, it is unsurprising that the major employing industry in the ACT is Public administration and safety. In fact, Public administration and safety accounts for a whopping 31 per cent of employment in the ACT. The top industries for increasing job numbers are:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Public administration and safety



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