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Hot jobs for 2015

What's hot in 2015

As 2014 winds down, you could be forgiven for having already switched over to ‘holiday mode’. But before you go replacing the word ‘career’ with ‘Christmas’ you might want to think about what you’ll be doing when the new year rolls around.

Apart from the resolutions you may have brewing, there’s a long 12 months ahead for you if your job isn’t what you want it to be.

But never fear, Career FAQs is here. We’ve gathered the stats and figures to help you look ahead to 2015. And it’s not too late to get started; you might even find yourself ahead of the pack once the holiday glow fades.

Which industries are creating jobs?

Industry outlook, Nov '13 – Nov '18

Jobs created


Health care and social assistance  229,400 +16.3%
Education and training  118, 800 +13.3%
Retail trade 98, 200 +7.8%
Professional, scientific and technical services 88,700 +9.9%
Construction 83,500 +8%

Source: Department of Employment, Employment Outlook to November 2018

What qualifications should I get? 

If you’re gearing your education towards employability and job potential, having a bachelor degree or higher, or an advanced diploma or diploma is your best bet.

According to the Department of Employment report, ‘Looking ahead, the evolution of the labour market towards higher skilled occupations looks set to continue, with employment growth projected strongest, in percentage terms, among the highest skill levels.’

This is backed up by the jobs figures. Employment growth is set to increase by 10.3 per cent for occupations that demand a bachelor degree or higher, while job openings for advanced diploma or diplomas will increase by 8.6 per cent.

 Carers in the aged and disability sectors

Being a professional carer is set to be the fastest growing occupation in 2015; with the Department of Employment projecting that there will be 40,900 more jobs for caregivers in the aged and disabled sectors by November 2018.

The substantial demand for skilled carers can be attributed to the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, along with Australia’s ageing population.

Carers need to be compassionate, patient and should hold a certificate II or III level qualification.

Registered nurses

As Australia’s population continues to age, the Department of Employment says industry sectors such as medical services, allied health and hospitals are set to experience a surge in growth over the next few years.

So it’s no surprise we need more registered nurses! To become a registered nurse you’ll need to hold a university degree in nursing.

Child carers

There’s a serious shortage of childcare workers in Australia, and with government rebates helping parents pay for more childcare, the industry is likely to experience more growth.

So if you want a job that guarantees employment, childcare is the place to be!

Early this year the government introduced a National Quality Framework to improve the quality and standard of childcare in Australia, so if you want to work in the industry it’ll pay to have an accredited qualification under your belt. 


Accountants will continue to be in great demand in 2015, with an estimated 18,300 more accounting jobs to be created by 2018.

But it’s not just about crunching the numbers. There’s an emerging trend for companies to hire accountants who can use data to project for the future and steer a company in the right direction.

‘Accounting and finance professionals who can turn business intelligence into business strategy are in high demand. Business leaders desire professionals who can delve into the numbers and explain their implications for top-line growth’, states the 2015 Salary Guide: Accounting & Finance Report from recruitment and career advice agency, Robert Half.

It’s a competitive industry to work in, though, and accountants need at least an undergraduate accounting qualification to get started.

Advertising and sales managers

If you work in advertising or sales, you’ll be happy to know that demand within this industry remains strong, with the Department of Education expecting 16,500 more advertising jobs to be created by 2018.

In the year of the ice-bucket challenge, there continues to be a high demand for those with digital expertise.

To work as an adman or adwoman, check out our marketing courses.


For several years now, electricians have appeared on the National Skills Needs List, meaning there’s a serious shortage of sparkies nationwide.

According to the Department of Education, the construction industry will continue to grow over the next few years, particularly within the sectors of building installation and building completion services, so electricians are going to be more in demand than ever. 

Contract, program and project administrators

These are the guys that make sure the job gets done, and it gets done right!

Department of Employment stats suggest by November 2018, there will be a total of 14, 500 new jobs created for program and project administrators.

It’s a role that demands strong leadership skills, exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work to strict deadlines.

If this sounds like you, check out our project management courses.

Truck drivers 

Over the next few years, the number of job openings for truck drivers is expected to be quite high with over 14,300 more truck driving positions expected to be created between November 2013 and November 2018.

With the projected growth in the construction industry, there’ll be a higher demand for truck driving specialists such as tip truck drivers and concrete agitator operators.

Interestingly, the Deloitte Access Economics division listed gas transport and parcel delivery as two sectors that will continue to grow over the next 20 years. 

School teachers (primary and secondary)

School education is projected to be Australia’s highest growing industry sector by 2018, with the Department of Employment predicting it’ll be responsible for 58,900 new jobs over the next few years.

To work as a school teacher you’ll need be enthusiastic, nurturing and hold a university degree in education

Software and application programmers

In our digital age, it comes as no surprise that we still need more programmers and coders. But which industry sectors within IT will pay the most dividends for developers in 2015?

According to leading information technology advisor, Gartner, the sectors to watch include:

  • 3D printing – set to experience an astounding 98 per cent increase in shipments in 2015
  • Cloud/client computing
  • Advanced, pervasive and invisible analytics
  • Risk-based security and self-protection 

If you’re a tech head who’s interested in a career as a programmer, check out our web development courses

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