Jobs of the future: How the 2016 Census will look

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Jobs of the future likely to change along with technology

Jobs of the future: Australia has always had its fair share of teachers, doctors, waiters and clerks. But alongside our traditional occupations there’s a raft of new jobs generated by new technologies: middleware integrator. Data visualisation officer. Social media community manager.

New occupations recorded in the 2016 Census will reflect just how much rapid advances in technology are re-shaping the Australian workforce, with the data collected on August 9 informing the decisions of educators, business and government as they plan for the future as reported by smh.

Sixty-five percent of children who entered primary school in 2011 will end up working in careers that have not yet been invented, one US researcher has predicted.

Mr Bradd expects the 2016 Census to show a large rise in the number of entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as a “huge number of new jobs that didn’t exist five years ago”, thanks to an increasingly digital world.

He said people used to train for a single career but in the future work would be more “piecemeal’, with more part-time jobs and a focus on project-based work.

“It’s independent work, so you’re working for yourself or in a small collective, you’ll often be working from a shared office space like Fishburners, you’ll maybe be working for multiple companies a week rather than just one,” Mr Bradd said. “It’s very exciting for workers but … you need to focus on education and staying up to date with skills.”

On Thursday, StartupAUS will release its future of work paper, which highlights the growing importance of workers with entrepreneurial, STEM, creative and social skills and the role of innovation hubs.

Mr Bradd said many businesses and entrepreneurs used Census data “to work out the trends – what should they be building products and services for?”

The head of the 2016 Census,  Duncan Young, said the information gathered will help design school, TAFE and university programs to equip Australians with the skills to succeed in the future workforce.

“You can’t effectively plan for the future economy without a detailed understanding of the direction it’s moving in,” he said. “It’ll also help with job training for people that are finding employment difficult as the workforce changes.” To read more click here.

Jobs of the future will be discussed at The 2016 Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference; Finding Solutions will be held on the 1-2 December 2016, at the Mercure in Brisbane. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.

The conference theme focuses on industry working together with employment agencies to create positive outcomes for Australia’s long-term unemployed.

Jobs of the future – speaker opportunity

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 2016 Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference are invited to submit a 300 word abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE. Abstracts close 11th August.

Combining practical examples, theory, research and best practice this conference elevates the dialogue to include businesses, not-for-profits, Government agencies, human resource professionals, social security services and industrial relations advocates.

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