Even if you’re entirely happy with your career and don’t see yourself changing to a different role, let alone industry, any time soon, it’s always good to stay on top of which industries are booming and what roles are growing in demand. The information can not only help you see the bigger picture of your career, but it can also influence whether or not you decide to invest in any skills to prepare you for the future.
And, fortunately, it’s now easy to find out about the future of work in Australia, with the LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise 2022 report, released today. The list provides a one-stop-shop look at where the workforce is heading and, therefore, where long-term opportunity lies.
To calculate the most in-demand jobs currently in the country, the report looked at LinkedIn data on job titles experiencing the highest growth rates from January 2017 to July 2021. The list also includes insights around salary, media years of experience prior to landing the role, education levels and other details helpful to Australians currently in or looking to return soon to the workforce.
“From digitisation to hybrid offices, the world of work is changing at a rapid pace – accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary innovation in its wake,” reads the report.
“Industries have been upended, while at the same time, many workers have left their jobs in search of something new. These shifts have ignited what we’ve deemed the #GreatReshuffle, leaving professionals wondering where the workplace is headed and what role they want to play in it.”
So, without further ado, the 15 fastest-growing job titles in Australia over the past five years:
#1 Chief Human Resources Officer
This senior role is responsible for setting and delivering an HR strategy as well as leading and supporting the company’s team of HR managers.
#2 Machine Learning Engineer
Machine Learning Engineers develop and implement self-running artificial intelligence algorithms and systems for products and applications.
#3 Site Reliability Engineer
Site Reliability Engineers create and implement automated software tools to maximise a system’s reliability and efficiency, working closely with software development and IT operations.
#4 Power System Engineer
Increasingly employed by energy firms focused on renewable sources, Power System Engineers design systems to provide power for residential and commercial use.
#5 Data Engineer
Data engineers build and maintain data storage systems that are used by data scientists and other stakeholders in the company.
#6 Talent Acquisition Specialist
Talent Acquisition Specialists focus on long-term strategy to attract, source, hire and onboard new talent within an organisation.
#7 Business Development Representative
Business Development Representatives are usually early-career salespeople responsible for identifying and reaching out to prospective clients.
#8 Content Designer
Content designers shape the experience of a user of digital products through the use of text, images, video and other content.
#9 Cyber Security Specialist
Cyber Security Specialists are IT professionals who protect a firm’s data and intellectual property from online scams, hacking and ransomware attacks.
#10 Client Partner
Client Partners are the conduit between a company and its strategic and financial partnerships and are entrusted with building and maintaining relationships.
#11 Back End Developer
Back End Developers build and code the server-side technology that powers front-end web and mobile applications.
#12 Operations Support Officer
Operations Support Officers provide administrative support to a variety of teams to ensure the business runs smoothly and efficiently.
#13 Workforce Specialist
A Workforce Specialist develops strategies for a company’s hiring practices, management of ongoing staffing needs and onboarding.
#14 Head of Engineering
A tech-based role, the Head of Engineering oversees a team of engineers designing and developing a company’s suite of digital products.
#15 User Experience Researcher
User Experience Researchers analyse user motivations, preferences and behaviours to help inform business strategy and product development.
You can read the full ‘15 growing job titles in Australia report’ here.