Emerging jobs in 2017

Top 5 emerging jobs for 2017

The further one looks into the future, the harder it is for them to predict the nature of technology, industry and society itself. With that said, it’s easy to understand the apprehension many young students have when trying to decide on subjects, courses, and their overall career.

While jobs of the future are still a long way off, the industries that will take us there are already here. Not only that, but they’re expanding rapidly and are in need of bright minds like yours.

Although you will find science and technology ingrained in this list, they are far from the only options; areas such as healthcare, education, and housing are all due to experience similar booms over the coming years.

If you want to switch paths, or find out if your current path is in demand, take a look at the top 5 industries for future growth to get some ideas.

Digital Media and IT

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first. In 2017, it’s hard to avoid the unrelenting progress that’s being made in all areas digital.

From the tech billionaires of Silicon Valley to the self serve checkout at your local supermarket, digital innovation has now been implemented across almost every aspect of modern society; and it’s only going further.

It’s important to note that IT is not synonymous with ‘coding’; while web development and digital start-ups seem to get the most media attention, there is still an incredible demand for digital marketing, IT infrastructure and support, design, account management, and more.


The population of Australia has increased more than 20% since 2003, due to the impact of things like globalisation or the increasing birth rate, this figure is only going to go higher – and people need places to live.

Like the industry above (and with all of these fields) positions in demand aren’t limited to the most obvious job within the area (i.e. construction). Areas from administration, real estate and interior design are all sought after by employers and will be stable for years to come.

Medical Research and Healthcare

With baby boomers now moving into their senior years, Australia is now facing the challenges of an aging population. As a result, demand for healthcare workers has already started to rise nationwide and is in no sight of slowing down.

While more of a specialty, a hidden gem of the Australian medical industry lies in neuroscience. As a top 4 nation worldwide within the field, Australia’s proficiency in neuroscientific research guarantees funding, stability, and growth within the field.

Education and Training

There will always be a need for educators; especially in the years to come. But education comes in increasingly varying forms, so it may pay to think slightly out of the box when it comes to educational careers over the coming decade.

While primary and secondary education systems are currently inundated with applicants, a focus on the vocational and tertiary education sectors, and training in technology, languages, and business operations are all in desperate need of talented teachers in this global, digital age.

Food Production

In addition to technological change, the food production industry also faces the unavoidable challenges of population growth and a lack of resources.

From research, to innovation, to cultivation and transportation; there isn’t a single area of food production that will not undergo drastic changes in the next 5-10 years. Within national shores (and just off them), the fishing and aquaculture industry has more than doubled in size since 2012.

As with all of these employment areas it is important to remember when deciding on a career that not every industry is comprised of its primary job.

Building companies still need account managers, medicine still needs public relations, and computer code still needs marketing.

The one thing all of these have in common? The workforce still needs you!

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