Professionals is the largest employing occupation group in Australia (accounting for almost one in every four workers). This group recorded the largest employment growth of any group over the past five years (up by 476,100 or 18.7%). Significant numbers of jobs were created for
- Registered Nurses (up by 42,600)
- Software and Applications Programmers (37,900)
- Advertising and Marketing Professionals (26,700).
There are marked differences in the representation of men and women across occupations in the Professionals group. Around 74% of Health Professionals and 73% of Education Professionals are female, but 83% of ICT Professionals are male.
Are qualifications required?
Most Professional jobs require a bachelor degree or higher qualification (76% of Professionals have this level of qualification), so university study is the main pathway for employment. Reflecting the time it takes to gain the relevant qualifications, a relatively low proportion of Professionals are aged 15 to 24 years.
In which industries do Professionals work?
Around two thirds of Professionals are employed across just three industries: Health Care and Social Assistance (24% of Professional employment), Education and Training (21%), and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (20%).
Are there job opportunities?
In line with the recent employment growth, the number of vacancies advertised on the Internet for Professionals has risen strongly over the past five years (up by almost 50%).
While the demand for these workers is rising, the supply of university educated Australians is also increasing, with higher education enrolments up by 43% over the past decade. Accordingly, for some Professional occupations, there are now large numbers of qualified applicants vying for vacancies.
There are signs, however, that employers are beginning to have more difficulty finding the Professionals they need, creating opportunities for job seekers. Following weakening employment outcomes over much of the past decade, bachelor degree graduates have been finding it easier to secure employment in recent years, see Education Employment Outcomes.
Will there be future opportunities?
Professionals employment is projected to grow strongly over the five years to May 2023 (up by 10.9%), with particularly strong growth expected for Health Professionals and ICT Professionals.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupation Employment Projections; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Internet Vacancy Index; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Skill Shortage Research; Department of Education and Training, Higher Education Statistics; QILT, Graduate Outcomes Survey
For more information see joboutlook.gov.au