The evolving job market
Technological advancements have already made a significant mark on the Australian job market.
A study carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed a 14% increase of employees in popular STEM jobs between 2006 and 2011, compared to an average growth of nine percent in non-STEM occupations.
According to the study, the number of people employed as design, engineering, science and transport professionals saw the greatest increase, along with people employed as ICT professionals.
With demand for STEM graduates increasing, it seems STEM-related qualifications and skills will play a key role in Australia’s emerging job trends.
Five emerging STEM job trends
1. Increased employment in STEM-related fields
With a greater focus on big data and data analytics within Australian businesses, job opportunities in technical fields are set to continue growing in the future.
According to recent employment projections released by the Department of Employment, it’s estimated employment in professional, scientific, and technical services will increase by over 14% in the next five years.
2. Growing demand for STEM skills
Whilst job opportunities in specific STEM fields are growing, both STEM and non-STEM employers are increasingly seeking candidates with STEM-related skills.
In a study carried out by The Office of the Chief Scientist, 82% of surveyed employers deemed employees with STEM qualifications were valuable to the workplace, regardless of whether their qualification was an initial requirement of their role.
Out of the surveyed employers, 71% also claimed STEM employees were amongst their most innovative workers.
3. Shortage of STEM staff
In the same survey, over one-fifth of employers believed there was already a shortage of both inexperienced and experienced STEM staff.
With demand for workers in STEM-related fields increasing quickly, this will likely lead to a greater shortage of STEM employees soon.
4. Growing demand for cyber security specialists
With an increased focus on data ( and specifically data protection) employers are increasingly seeking staff with technical skills and qualifications to help secure private data and prevent cyber attacks.
This is leading to an increased demand for security engineers and other related job roles.
5. Increased focus on digital apps
With the increased popularity of mobile devices, many companies are looking to develop mobile apps to enhance customer experience.
Australian businesses are therefore seeking candidates with the technical skills required for mobile app development.
With the number of STEM jobs projected to continue increasing, STEMmates wants to give our children the best chance at success.
If we want to fulfil the demand of the Australian job market, we need to work together as a society to promote the importance of STEM learning.
Whilst our government is already renewing its focus on STEM in schools, we can seek to make our own contribution to STEM learning.
Through STEMmates’ extracurricular learning program, we aim to help kids develop fundamental STEM skills and prepare them for the evolving job market.
To find out more about our upcoming courses, please contact us today!