NEW Census data released today has revealed the fastest-growing careers in Australia.
When it comes to the top eight occupations in Australia, community and personal service workers recorded the largest growth since the 2011 Census, according to the latest figures from the 2016 survey released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
There was a 19 per cent increase in this group since the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. There are now 1.1 million workers in this group including those who assist health professionals in patient care, aged care, child care as well as education support occupations.
The rise in this group was also reflected across the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, which showed the largest growth over the past five years.
Other jobs that showed growth were in the service sector.
“There was a 27 per cent increase in fitness instructors, a 25 per cent rise in the number of beauty therapists and a 23 per cent increase in bar attendants and baristas,” Census program manager Bindi Kindermann said.
Those careers on the decline include clerical and administrative workers, which decreased by 2.3 per cent. However, it is still the second most popular occupation in Australia.
Overall more than 80 per cent of Australian workers were employed in the services industry including health care, education and retail. This is up slightly from 78 per cent in 2011.
The jobs with the highest percentage growth were sales support workers, domestic cleaners, early childhood teachers, enrolled and mothercraft nurses as well as ICT support and test engineers.
The numbers of sales support workers grew by 154 per cent from 2123 workers in 2011 to 5403 in 2016. Domestic cleaners grew by 130 per cent from 15,881 to 36,562.
The largest overall occupation category was professionals — including areas such as arts,
science, business and engineering, which accounted for 21 per cent per cent of the nation’s
The 2016 Census data also showed some interesting differences in occupations depending on how old people were.
Those aged under 30 were more likely than older age groups to be fast food cooks,
waiters, sportspeople, bar attendants and baristas.
At the other end of the age spectrum, those over the age of 60 were more likely to be livestock and mixed crop farmers, caretakers, and bus/coach drivers.
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The survey also showed that some occupations were still dominated by certain genders.
About 84 per cent of Australia’s technicians and trades workers were male.
Meanwhile 74 per cent of health professionals and 63 per cent of legal, social and welfare
professionals were female.
Sales assistants remained the most common occupation for both men and women, with
truck drivers, electricians and carpenters the other popular occupations for men.
Popular jobs for women were registered nurse, general clerk and receptionist.
WHY IT STILL PAYS TO HAVE A DEGREE
Stories of university graduates struggling to find work are increasing but the Census 2016 shows it’s still worth shelling out for a degree.
According to the figures released today, university graduates were more likely to have a job and to earn more.
The Census 2016 showed that 81 per cent of people aged 20-64 years old who had gone on to do further education after school were employed.
This compares to 63 per cent of those who had no qualification.
Completing a degree also increases your employment prospects slightly, with 83 per cent of those who had a completed degree or higher qualification employed.
This compares to 80 per cent who had completed a certificate-level qualification, an advanced diploma or diploma.
Workers with qualifications also had higher incomes.
In 2016, workers with bachelor degrees and above earned $600 more each week than those with no qualifications, on average.
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Having the right qualification can also make a difference depending on what field you are trying to enter.
For example, of the qualified and employed registered nurses aged 20 to 64 years, 94 per cent held their highest non-school qualification in a health related field.
But for those working as aged and disabled carers, 61 per cent held their highest qualification in society and culture, 15 per cent in health and 8 per cent in a management and commerce related field.
Having a degree also made it more likely you would find work in a professional field.
The most common occupations for people with a bachelor degree or above were registered nurses and primary and secondary school teachers.
Men with a bachelor degree or above were more likely to be accountants (56,000) or software applications programmers (51,600), whereas women were more likely to be registered nurses (141,700) or primary school teachers (111,700).
For those with other non-school qualifications, the most common occupations were sales assistants, electricians and child carers.
Men with other qualifications were more likely to be electricians (90,700) or carpenters and joiners (73,200), whereas women were more likely to be child carers (75,900) or sales assistants (67,800).
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