Which Career Pathway Should You Choose? 6 Career Areas with Strong Future Demand

Published on: 02 Nov 2021

When it comes to choosing a career pathway, there are many things to consider. Training or study are the first step for many successful careers – but it’s important to know if your chosen pathway has enough job opportunities before you get started.

A good way to find out more about future job opportunities is to look at the most in-demand jobs in the future and the industries forecast to see growth in coming years after your complete your study

This information is available via the National Skills Commission Skills Priority List, which is updated each year to assess the current and future demand levels for occupations across Australia, reflecting the changing trends in our industries. Following a career pathway in an area with strong demand means it’ll be easier to find the job you want once you finish your training, and strong future demand means there will continue to be lots of job opportunities to help you build your career in the future.

According to the National Careers Institute, vocational education and training covers 7 out of 10 of Australia’s fastest growing jobs so gaining a nationally recognised vocational qualification at TasTAFE is a great option. As Tasmania’s leading vocational training provider, TasTAFE offers a wide range of qualifications and training courses which can help you get the skills you need for a career pathway with strong current and future demand in Tasmania and beyond. TasTAFE INFO WEEK is a great place to research different options for your career, with online and on-campus information sessions for our courses on offer in 2022. INFO WEEK takes place from 1-5 November 2021, and you must register to attend an information session. Explore our courses and register now for an information session at tastafe.tas.edu.au/infoweek

The following list of career areas connects some of the TasTAFE courses on offer in 2022 with occupations the National Skills Commission has flagged as in-demand in the present and coming years. Explore the list and see if there’s an in-demand career that suits you.

Occupations in demand in Tasmania in 2022 and the future

Health care and community services

Healthcare and community services opportunities are growing as the aged and disabled care industries require more skilled workers. Entry-level positions in healthcare, aged care and disabled care can be extremely rewarding careers and also offer many specialised pathways to follow in each industry.

The occupations currently highlighted by National Skills Commission are:

  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Disability Support Worker

For those considering careers in aged or disability care, the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support offers two distinct streams to build a career in Aged Care or Disability. Find out more on the course page and register now for an information session during TasTAFE INFO WEEK from 1-5 November.

TasTAFE also offers the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing for those considering a career as an Enrolled Nurse. Applications for the Diploma of Nursing open on 8 November  and you can undertake the BKSB (literacy and numeracy) assessment now to see if you are ready to apply for Nursing in 2022. Find out more and register for an upcoming info session.

Child care

Childcare is a continually growing industry which has a strong forecast for growth in coming years, due to in part to the growth of dual-income families and government subsidies for parents.

There are many different pathways to become a child care worker or educator, with many choosing to undertake the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as a traineeship to gain on-the-job experience while completing their qualification.

TasTAFE offers the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care which can be undertaken as a traineeship or as a standard course with formal work placement. Find out more on the course page or register now for an information session during TasTAFE INFO WEEK from 1-5 November.

Food trades and hospitality

Despite pressure on the industry from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still many opportunities for skilled, qualified workers in several food trades and hospitality occupations. The following occupations have been highlighted by the National Skills Commission as areas with current shortages or regional shortages and a forecast for strong future demand:

  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Butcher
  • Baker
  • Pastrycook

If you’re considering a career in cookery, the SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations gives you the basic skills you need to obtain an entry-level cookery position, or obtain an apprenticeship to pursue a career as a fully-qualified chef. Learn more on the course page, and register for the upcoming online information session at TasTAFE INFO WEEK to find out about study options in 2022.

TasTAFE also offers entry-level training courses for butchers, bakers, and pastrycooks through the AMP20117 Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services) and FBP20217 Certificate II in Baking. Visit the course pages for more information or contact us today to express your interest or make an enquiry.

Horticulture - Gardening and Landscaping

Gardening and landscaping jobs are in demand and forecast to grow further, with a range of careers in different settings from agriculture, nurseries, public or botanical gardens, and private landscaping. The entry level AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture is a good starting point to begin your career in the Horticulture industry, and opens many doors to more specialised qualifications and career pathways.

Some of the specific occupations outlined by the National Skills commission include:

  • Landscape Gardener
  • Gardener (General)
  • Arborist

If you’re interested in starting the AHC201416 Certificate II in Horticulture to begin your career in Horticulture, visit the course page for more information and register for an upcoming information session during TasTAFE INFO WEEK from 1-5 November.

For those considering a career in arboriculture who are already employed in the industry or working with arboriculture-related tasks, the AHC30820 Certificate III in Arboriculture allows you to gain the specialised skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified Arborist.

Welding and metal trades

Careers in welding and metal trades are in demand and forecast to grow in the future throughout Tasmania and the rest of the country. Some of the specific occupations outlined by the National Skills Commission include:

  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Pressure Welder
  • Welder (First Class)

A MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways is the ideal pathway for welding and metal trades in the Engineering industry, enabling you to enter employment or obtain an apprenticeship as a boilermaker, welder, or sheet metal trades worker. Once you are able to enter into an apprenticeship, you can continue your training by undertaking MEM30219 – Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade) or MEM30319 – Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade).

If you’re interested in following a career path in welding and metal trades, you can find out more at our online information session at TasTAFE INFO WEEK from 1-5 November. Learn more and register now on the course page.

Electricians

Demand for electricians of both general and special class is high, with a forecast for strong future demand in every state. The entry-level Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) gives you all the skills you need to begin your career in electrotechnology or gain an apprenticeship in the electrical, refrigeration, electronics and/or telecommunications trades.

If you’re interested in starting the Certificate II in Electrotechnology to spark a career as an electrician, visit the course page for more information or contact us today to express your interest or make an enquiry.

TasTAFE INFO WEEK

Looking for a career pathway in a different industry, or not sure where to start? TasTAFE INFO WEEK from 1-5 November gives you the opportunity to expore the TasTAFE course offerings in 2022 and talk to our industry-leading teachers and support staff.

Visit the INFO WEEK landing page and register now for an upcoming info session, or get in touch to speak with a student advisor and we can help you choose the right course for your career.