What’s your job outlook? 10 careers that are on the up

Posted March 8, 2013, by Molly Wiltshire-Bridle
As Fairfax axes nearly 2000 jobs, Pacific Brands ceases its Australian manufacturing division and REDgroup closes the books on Borders and Angus & Robertson, there’s one question weighing on everyone’s mind: ‘Is my job safe?’

The Australian government’s Job Outlook initiative aims to find out. By compiling data on the employment characteristics, trends and prospects for over 350 individual occupations, it provides the information you need to make an informed decision about your career path.

To help you make sense of it all, we’ve put together a list of 10 jobs currently projected to ‘grow very strongly’ over the coming years. 

Things certainly aren’t looking sketchy for this lot. Digital creatives are in high demand, with 15 per cent job growth in the past two years alone. 

Job titles: Graphic designer, illustrator, multimedia designer, web designer


It seems that modern day pressures are taking their toll, with the psychology profession picked to experience extremely strong growth by 2016-17.

Job titles: Clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, organisational psychologist, psychotherapist, psychologist

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Fitness instructor

We’re becoming more and more body conscious (or perhaps our waistlines are just expanding at an unprecedented rate) – either way, the fitness industry is kicking butt.

Job titles: Fitness instructor, personal trainer, gym class instructor, fitness programmer

Get physical with a course in fitness

Nursing support and personal care worker

The national shortages across nursing and aged care have been widely publicised, and with several government incentives now in place, the industry is expected to grow strongly.

Job titles: Hospital orderly, nursing support worker, personal care assistant, therapy aide, aged care assistant, enrolled nurse

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General manager

Businesses of every shape and size require effective, efficient and well-informed leadership, so you can bet that the bigwigs are here to stay.

Job titles: General manager, chief executive officer, office manager, operations manager

Build your skills with a course in management or leadership

Veterinary nurse

Our love of all things cute and furry continues to fuel the animal care industry. For all the times when Fido is feeling under the weather, veterinary nurses step into the fray.

Job titles: Veterinary nurse, animal care attendant, wildlife animal carer

Turn your passion for animals into a career with a course in veterinary nursing or animal care. 

Welfare support worker

So long as we continue to encounter bumps in the road in matters of emotional, recreational, health, housing and financial wellbeing, welfare workers will remain in steady demand.

Job titles: Community worker, social worker, disabilities services officer, family support worker, parole or probation officer, residential care officer, youth worker

Make a difference with a course in social work, community services, community development or youth work

Mining engineer

As far as job outlook goes, this occupation is a veritable goldmine. Job growth has skyrocketed a massive 46.4 per cent over the past five years and is positioned to continue in the same vein.

Job titles: Mining engineer, petroleum engineer, mine manager

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Human resource professional

Hiring and firing is a given throughout every employment sector, so secure yourself a job in the business of other people’s jobs.

Job titles: Human resource adviser, recruitment consultant, workplace relations adviser

Think a career in HR is for you? Start with a human resources course. 

ICT manager

We’ve come a long way since floppy disks and dial up Internet, and jobs in IT and project management are here to stay – growing.

Job titles: Chief information officer, ICT project manager, ICT manager

See our related courses in information technology and project management

Other jobs expected to ‘grow strongly’:

  • Marketing professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Architect and landscape architect
  • Beauty therapist
  • Child carer
  • Nutritionist

If your occupation has made our shortlist, congratulations! You can breathe easy. For a more extensive employment forecast, remember to visit the Job Outlook website.

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Molly Wiltshire-Bridle

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