A glimpse at 2023

Many of today’s jobs were unimaginable twenty years ago. Transferable skills and career resilience are the catchwords of 2020 but what could your job prospects be in 2023?

The world of work is rapidly changing with new innovations, automation, climate change and many other factors affecting not only how we work, but what we do. The Foundation for Young Australians suggests that young people can expect to have 17 different jobs across five careers in their lifetime.

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We have simplified some of the 2019 data from the Australian Government’s Job Outlook and Australian Jobs publication to help you understand how key occupations are trending towards 2023.

Careers in:

Business projected job outlook


More than one quarter of the workforce is self-employed in the business sector. This is a large and extremely diverse industry with a highly skilled workforce. Over 84 per cent of professionals hold post-school qualifications. Employment has increased strongly over the past five years, particularly in computer programming, marketing, finance, data and technology support.  


Education projected job outlook


Employment in education and training is projected to increase strongly over the next three years, influenced by growth in the school-aged population, continued strength in international education and the growing demand for adult education. The top occupations include early childhood teachers, school principals and special education teachers.


Health projected job outlook


Health is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry.  By 2023, it is projected to grow by 14.9 per cent, which is largely due to Australia’s ageing population and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Trends over the past five years indicate that aged and disabled carers, psychologists, midwives, occupational therapists and support workers will continue to be in high demand.


Humanities projected job outlook

Humanities and Social Sciences

Occupations within these sectors show a tendency to be very specific, therefore a large proportion of workers hold post-school qualifications. Social professionals (including historians & sociologists), welfare managers, curators, and film, television and stage directors all have below average unemployment rates and high median weekly earnings. If you are looking for social welfare or community services careers Australian Jobs classifies these in Health - Australia's largest employing industry.


Law projected job outlook


Employment within the legal sector is concentrated in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, and 72 per cent of jobs can be found within close proximity to capital cities. Legal occupations have very high median weekly earnings and strong workforce growth.


Music and Creative Arts projected job outlook

Music and Creative Arts

There are strong job prospects in the creative arts sector. Music professionals and creative thinkers are in demand and jobs in the creative industries are projected to continue to grow. Journalists and music professionals are among the highest paid occupations in the industry.


Engineering, science and environment projected job outlook

Engineering, science and environment

Professionals with a science or engineering qualification are often employable across multiple industries. Geologists, forestry scientists and engineers have very high median weekly earnings. Professionals in these fields tend to be employed full-time rather than part-time in comparison to other professions.


Note: Earnings are median for full-time adult rate, before tax, including amounts salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide only. https://joboutlook.gov.au/ for latest data and explanatory notes.

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