The top five growing jobs in Australia all have one thing in common – robotics.
According to the 2017 edition of The Good Careers Guide, the top jobs of the future will be fundamentally shaped by the continued advancement of technology – eradicating some jobs while creating others.
The next five years will see more than 30,000 jobs added to the top five predicted for growth, and almost 17,000 wiped from the bottom five.
The Good Careers Guide 2017, produced by Good Education Group, shows the top five jobs predicted to have sustained growth in the future all have a common theme. Early education teachers, occupational therapists, social workers, special education teachers, speech professionals and audiologists all use technology and devices, in conjunction with the human element, to do their jobs.
Good Education Group Chief Data Analyst Ross White said “Where human interaction is at the core of an occupation, these roles are virtually impossible to automate and leave to computers and machines alone. But what we do know is that technology like robotics and automation will become an integral part of the way many jobs are delivered and enhanced.”
Occupational Therapy Australia CEO Rachel Norris said the incorporation of technology into the profession has ensured occupational therapy is as relevant today as it has ever been. “Whether it’s helping children learn more effectively in the classroom or providing assessments to keep senior Australians safe on the roads, we use all kinds of technology to help people of all ages live meaningful and productive lives in the 21st century,” she said.
Casey Cree, a 25-year-old occupational therapist working in Moorabbin, said she loved how her job uses the latest technology to make a difference in peoples’ lives. “Every day I’m using the latest robots to help people get back to being active and do the things they love,” she said.
In contrast to the list of growing jobs, the five professions most in decline include binders, finishers and screen printers, metal engineering process workers, printing assistants, secretaries, and sewing machinists.
“Four out of these five jobs are being replaced by automation. None of these roles requires human decision-making skills. Secretaries are also on the wane due to technology, with the adoption of digital assistants such as Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant,” said Mr White.
The 2017 Guide’s data emphasises the positive impact technology is having on the workforce. As new technology evolves and new devices and processes are developed, a wide range of jobs will be created transforming existing roles. Before smartphones, jobs like app designers, social media managers, Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts didn’t exist. The Guide estimates almost 70 per cent of children that entered primary school in 2016 will leave the education system to jobs haven’t yet been created.
“With virtual and augmented reality becoming more technologically advanced and the further integration of computers with humans – there are any number of occupations waiting to be invented,” said Mr White.
The Good Careers Guide 2017 features analysis on how technology has shaped the job market over the last ten years and makes some predictions about the likely ‘jobs of the future’. This year the Guide includes sections on the rise of entrepreneurship, volunteering and internships, and includes detailed descriptions of more than 400 jobs in Australia.
The Good Careers Guide 2017 is available for purchase via the Good Education Bookshop and selected newsagents.
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Fastest growing and fastest declining jobs
Source: The Good Careers Guide 2017
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