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Jobs in high demand

The 2016 Census has been released, capturing the occupations of 90% of the Australian workforce.

By comparing the number of workers that were employed in 2011 to 2016, we gain valuable insight into which jobs and industries are on the rise.

If you’re looking for a new job, the below work is in high demand:

Sales assistants - 69,100 workers were added over the past five years to reach a foundation of 526,000 of workers in 2016.
Aged or disabled carers - grew up to 24,100 workers in a five year span from 2011 to 2016
Chef – gained 23,100 employees
Domestic cleaner – up to 17,200 workers

These five occupations have added 154,000 employees in last 5 years - close to 30,000 extra jobs per year. 

There are many jobs on the rise and gaining new employees every day.


For instance, baristas. The barista occupation was not even identified in the 2001 census. In 2006 barista jobs were on the rise with a growth of 22,000 workers by 2011.

Five years later the occupation of being a barista gained another 15,200 workers. If the population of all baristas were considered a city, it would roughly be the size of Dubbo with a population of 36,000 people.

At the opposite end of the rankings there are industries that are decreasing by the day. One of the fastest decreasing jobs is secretarial staff.

  • Losses of this occupation are down 19,200 workers or 36% over the last 5 years

  • There are now only 34,000 secretaries in the workforce

  • This doesn’t necessarily mean that there are 19,200 unemployed secretaries

  • The agile life of secretaries are adapting to environmental change

The second industry decreasing rapidly is manufacturing and farming.

  • The number of crop and livestock farmers dropped from 41,000 in 2006

  • This number dropped even lower over the next decade to 23,000 in 2016

  • The introduction of new technologies, international growth of markets, and the removal of protective tariffs have reshaped the way many people make a living off farming and manufacturing

Check out the companies hiring this December to see what other job prospects are available.

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There are many jobs on the rise and gaining new employees every day.


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