From chefs to engineers, these are the top 10 jobs in highest demand over the next five years

From chefs to engineers, these are the top 10 jobs in highest demand over the next five years
If you’re thinking about upskilling, the list reveals where you should concentrate your efforts to enjoy the most opportunities.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has kicked off National Skills Week by releasing a list of the top 10 jobs expected to be in high demand over the next five years.

The list of professions was released ahead of next week’s Jobs and Skills Summit, amid a national skills shortage.

The summit will bring together unions, employers, civil society and governments, to address economic challenges and “a serious labour supply shortage,” according the the prime minister’s office.


It will inform the Employment White Paper, which “will help to shape the future of Australia’s labour market”, Albanese said in a statement.

That paper will be led by Treasury, which will invite submissions and engage the wider community over the next year.

The goal of the summit is to focus on unemployment, wages growth, long-term management of skills, and equal opportunity for woman and disadvantaged Australians.

Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor said: “One of the biggest challenges facing businesses is they are struggling to find workers with the skills for the jobs available.”

It is projected that over the next five years, nine out of 10 jobs will require a post-secondary qualification, according the Albanese government.

Top 10 in demand professions

This list is based on the Skills Priority List, data on job vacancies and projected growth in employment over the next five years.

  • Construction Managers
  • Civil Engineering Professionals
  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
  • Registered Nurses
  • ICT Business and Systems Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Electricians
  • Chefs
  • Child Carers
  • Aged and Disabled Carers

The government also prepared for the summit with a disability roundtable discussion on Monday which focussed on discrimination, support, and skills growth for people living with disability.

Council of Small Business Organisations Australia chief executive Alexi Boyd said a discussion around boosting employment options for people living with disability would go to addressing workforce shortages.

“We need to ensure those who are able to and want to work are getting all the opportunities they can to do so,” Boyd said.

Tech Council of Australia chief executive Kate Pounder said the technology sector was one of the leading employers of people with disability but acknowledged there was more work to do.

“What we do know, is that around 1 per cent of people working in tech have a disability, the second highest among Australian sectors, but still much lower than the estimated three per cent of the working age population with disability,” Pounder said.

Half-a-million free TAFE positions

The Albanese government has also announced it will deliver $850 million in funding for 465,000 fee-free TAFE places and for TAFE infrastructure.

On top of this, the government will be creating 45,000 TAFE places for industries suffering acute shortages.

It will also create 10,000 apprentice places in the new energy sector, with the aim of one in 10 workers engaged on federally funded government projects is an apprentice or trainee.

“Our goal is to build a strong VET sector to help more Australians get secure, well-paying jobs, while providing the skilled workers that business needs to grow our economy,” Albanese said.

“Next week we are hosting our Jobs and Skills Summit that will brings together unions, business groups and the people who help run our world-class VET sector, to look at how we deliver immediate action on the skills shortages Australia is facing.”

O’Connor called the VET sector “an important stepping stone on the path to a good career”, calling the summit a chance to recognise its value.


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