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Brisbane’s Top 4 Fast-Growing Industries

Written by guest blogger, Andrej Kovacevic

Brisbane, Australia is currently enjoying growth and a hot job market. Employment growth in Brisbane is far outpacing population growth; and, in fact, Brisbane’s job market is growing faster than the job markets in either Sydney or Melbourne. In particular, The Australian reports that Brisbane Inner City and South Brisbane have been two of Australia’s top fastest-growing job markets thus far in the twenty-first century.

So which industries in Brisbane look the most promising for career changers and job seekers to seek work in? Let’s discuss 4 of the top fast-growing industries in Brisbane, Australia.

1. Healthcare and Social Assistance

Experts in the Australian government are forecasting increasing numbers of job opportunities for Brisbane residents in the healthcare sector through at least the year 2022. In particular, the following sectors are experiencing significant levels of growth:

  • Nursing and aged care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dental services
  • Psychology and counselling

Many, but not all, of these roles require university degrees.

2. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Demand for high-tech products and services is skyrocketing across the globe – and businesses in Brisbane are eager to share their relevant offerings with the global marketplace. Tech startups in Brisbane are providing the world with a broad range of offerings ranging from software to mobile applications to energy solutions. They’re hiring for an impressive array of different job titles. Demand is high for the talent in the following types of roles:

  • Data Scientists
  • Software Developers
  • IT Project Managers

A bachelor’s degree is beneficial if you want to be competitive for many, but not all, of the best jobs in this sector.

3. Education and Training

It will be vital for job seekers to have cutting-edge skills if they hope to succeed in the technologically developed job market of the future. This means that education and training are in demand, and they’ll continue to be in demand for the foreseeable future. In particular, demand will be high for the following types of educators:

  •  Education Managers
  • Education Advisers and Reviewers
  • Education Aides

Education is prized in this industry. Many roles tend to require applicants to hold at least a bachelor’s degree. For some positions, graduate level education is also a requirement.

4. Construction

In the recent past, some elements of the construction and engineering industries in Queensland have been in decline. However, experts at the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) are forecasting that construction industry growth in Queensland is likely to resume again in 2020 at a rate of 5.6 percent.

The growth is likely to be balanced between public and private engineering and construction projects. There are a number of civil construction projects planned for the future in Brisbane.  Experts are also forecasting that demand for dwellings in Brisbane, and, indeed throughout Queensland, will outpace supply. They’re predicting this excess demand for housing will grow until at least the year 2028.

In the construction industry, government analysts at the Department of Jobs and Small Business are predicting moderate to strong growth for a number of different roles. Some of the jobs offering strong growth potential include the following:

  • Construction Managers
  • Civil Engineering Professionals
  • Structural Steel Construction Workers
  • Plumbers
  • Glaziers
  • Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

TAFE training is sufficient to prepare you well for many of the jobs in this sector. However, some of these roles do require a university degree.

These are four of the top fast-growing industries in Brisbane, Australia. So if you are thinking of changing careers, these growing industries, including that roles that support these industries, will be an excellent focus for your efforts. Do be aware there are some industries in Brisbane that are not currently experiencing growth; a couple of the industries that have been experienced decline are manufacturing and agriculture. Serious consideration needs to be given to investing significant amounts of effort pursuing work in the industries that are declining.

Best wishes for your next career transition.

This article was kindly submitted by guest blogger Andrej Kovacevic.

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