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Picking a career is difficult and training courses to develop your skills take commitment. To make your decision easier, Inspire has broken down the Australian Government Employment and Economic Data to unveil the largest growing Australian industries.

The number of jobs in Australia is projected to grow dramatically in the next 5 years! An extra 829,000 people will be in employment by 2017. This over a 7 percent increase in the size of our workforce.

Not all industries are growing equally. Some are expecting huge volumes of new employees enter the industry while others are starting from a small base of employees but growing remarkably fast.

Check out which industries are set for rapid growth below!

Top Growth Industries for 2013-2017

1. Mining

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While you probably don’t find it surprising to see mining as one of the top growth industries in Australia, do you know why?

Oil and gas extraction is huge at the moment! As demand for liquified natural gas increases, Australia has become provider in the Asia Pacific region. These gases will continue to fuel demand as they are cleaner than other fossil fuels, like coal, when generating power.

Well, as these gases are driving jobs “what about safety?” you might ask. With increasing numbers of people on mine sites, companies are enlisting in great amounts of safety representatives and OH&S officers.

If your passion is ensuring the safety of others, the mining industry is a great career path! Completing an OH&S Course like the Cert IV OHS (now called work health and safety course) is a good starting point. Alternatively, if you have had work experience or completed previous OHS qualifications, then the Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety will take you to the next step of you OH&S career!

2. Health and Community Care

Get a Child care or Aged care qualification for the health care and social assistance industry todayThe Australian aged care industry is set to grow rapidly in the next 20 years. The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) means a higher level of care and support for our friends and neighbours living with disabilities.

Australia’s increasingly ageing population means more people need care services to continue enjoying a high quality life well into their older years. As hospitals and medical services feel the strain, experts are expecting Australia’s health care and community care services will be adding the largest number of employees over the next few years.

Inspire offers a range of courses including the Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in Disability Work or Certificate III in Home or Community Care. You will learn practical hands-on skills directly related to the aged care industry and make a huge difference in people’s lives.

In addition to the booming aged care industry, Australia’s child care sector has also experienced huge growth. Within the next decade, children’s services employment will experience a 20% growth. The new National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care is raising the bar for child care services. The framework means the ratio of carers to children will be lowered and the minimum qualification to work within a facility is Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. There will also be requirements that a certain percentage of staff be holding, or studying, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

This opens a heap of new opportunities for running and managing child care centres!

3. Education and Training

Inspire offers the Nationally Recognised and Nationally Accredited Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course.


Adult and community education is a fast growing sector! Like many Australians, you see the benefit in learning and adapting new skills throughout your life. A qualification is an important step towards propelling your career forward.

Thousands of Australians across the country are reaping the benefits of learning new skills as an educator. Each Inspire courses is relevant, practical and taught to the highest standards.

If you’re planning to enter the training industry it’s hard to go past the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the industry standard course for vocational education and training industry trainers – essential to starting a career in this field!

4. Professional and Technical

Get trained with Inspire today!What does professional, scientific and technical services actually mean? It’s an umbrella term for a lot of fantastic professions including scientific research, architectural and engineering services, legal, accounting, advertising, market research and statistical services.

The services also include management, computer system design and veterinary services. Math whizzes take note: there are a lot of opportunities for you to succeed in this sector. Strong growth is forecast in industries like architecture, engineering and computer system design. Additionally, accounting services is expected to be one of the largest growth sectors in the industry!

If you’ve got a good grasp of maths and like working with numbers you might be interested in accounting! Inspire offers the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or Certificate IV in Accounting courses (or combine them for a handy double qualification!). Inspire is also excited to be launching our NEW Diploma in Accounting course in just a couple of weeks! It’s the next step for you accountants after you’ve completed your Cert IV in Accounting course.

5. Administrative and Support Services

Interested in a Business Admin Course? Check out Inspire's huge range

Interested in a Business Admin Course? Check out Inspire’s huge range!

Employment and other administrative services are growing fast – unsurprising when you consider how many extra people Australia will be employing!

With this recent growth in the job market, businesses are increasingly needing more support staff. Administration is responsible for the behind-the-scenes magic that keeps everything running smoothly for the rest of us.

If this is an industry you want to take advantage of, why not study a Certificate IV in Human Resources? Learn to manage, select and induct people is a great way career choice and HR managers are in huge demand.

Inspire also offer’s business administration courses from Certificate III to Diploma level to give you the competitive edge in business administration.

Australian Industry Growth Employment Projections 2012-17

Mining, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Training are all projected to grow in Australia


If you want more information and reports on each industry visit the Department of Education page.
The above data is based on the Industry Employment Projections for 2012 located HERE.

Other sources include:

Chinese iron ore demand still growing

Geosciene Australia – Iron Ore

QLD suffers most dangerous year in a decade

Farmers fuming over natural gas rush

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