The world or work is an ever changing one in which employment trends come and go. Some jobs and occupation groups simply cease to exist as technology marches forward, and at the same time, new areas of employment emerge. This list shows occupations which were assessed in 2016-17 by the Department of Employment specifically for Queensland, for which shortages or some recruitment difficulty is evident.


  • Accountants
  • Architect
  • Surveyor
  • Civil Engineering Professionals
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Sonographer
  • Optometrist
  • Hospital and Retail Pharmacist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Midwife


  • Automotive Electrician
  • Motor Mechanic (General)
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker
  • Fitter
  • Panelbeater
  • Bricklayer
  • Painting Trades Worker
  • Fibrous Plasterer
  • Plumbers
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Butchers and Smallgoods Makers
  • Chef

12 Industries to Watch for Future Jobs

An expert team analysed reports from around the globe to come up with 12 industries they believe are going to be the next ‘big thing’. They list and back up their selection in Jobs of the Future

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) - AI technology has improved in leaps and bounds over the last few years, and is expected to evolve even more rapidly in 2017 and beyond.
  • Drones - The drone industry is set to boom by 6,000% by the end of the decade.
  • Virtual reality – See the Facebook demonstration of augmented social reality in the article.
  • Wearables technology - Estimated to be worth $14 billion at present, the wearables industry is expected to grow to a staggering $34 billion by 2020.
  • Mobile payments – Mobile payments are set to increase in the future.
  • Cryptocurrencies - Just like the internet revolutionised the way we communicate (making it possible to speak to anyone in the world, anywhere, anytime), cryptocurrencies allow us to transfer money instantly to anyone in the world, anywhere, anytime.
  • Genomics – The branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes could be the next trillion-dollar industry of the future.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) – Currently there are 8.4 billion devices connected to the internet. Last year the world’s connected devices managed to outpace the world’s population.
  • Robotics - Robots are already manufacturing shoes for us, greeting patients at our hospitals, and even making pizzas for us.
  • Connected Home - From roof tiles that store and convert solar power to smart ovens that recognise food (and automatically cooks it for you!), homes of the future will take convenience and efficiency to a whole new level.
  • Driverless cars – In the future, expect to use a network of fully autonomous cars to get from A to B.
  • 3D printers – From houses to organs, 3D printers will revolutionise many industries.

With these emerging technologies and industries, how can we plan for future jobs? Read The 10 Skills You'll Need by 2020

A career path you may not know about:

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electrical engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems.

Related occupations include:

  • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technical Officer
  • Electrical Engineering Laboratory Technician
  • Electrical Instrument Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Design Draftsperson

Main tasks performed:

  • preparing drawings, plans and diagrams of electrical installations and circuitry
  • assisting Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry on substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor control systems
  • collecting data, performing tests and complex calculations, graphing results, and preparing charts and tabulations
  • estimating materials costs and quantities
  • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications and regulations
  • assembling, installing, testing, calibrating, modifying and repairing electrical equipment and installations to conform with regulations and safety requirements

Source: myfuture

Mr Philip Webb - Program Leader - Vocational Education and Training