Knowing which industries are growing in South Australia could increase your chances of getting a job.

South Australia’s economy will continue to change as local and global pressures drive innovation and technological transformation in new and existing industries. Some industries will do better than others as the ways we do business and the types of services available change over time. Knowing which industries are growing in South Australia could increase your chances of getting a job.

Over the past 5 years, most of the State’s employment growth has occurred in the following industries:

  • health care and social assistance (up 17.7%)
  • other services, including a range of personal care services, such as hair, beauty, diet and weight management services (up 16.9%)
  • rental, hiring and real estate services (up 14.9%)
  • professional, scientific and technical services (up 13.8%)
  • public administration and safety (up 9.6%)
  • retail trade (up 2.9%)
  • administrative and support services (up 1.7%).

Service-based sectors have outperformed production sectors such as Manufacturing in recent years in South Australia. The growth of more technically-based service sectors and ‘skilled’ occupations is likely to continue in the future. 

Major Projects

Major projects continue to support employment opportunities across a range of sectors. There are currently 130 major projects (each valued at $20 million or more) underway or in the pipeline in South Australia with a total value of over $45 billion. The main industries impacted by major projects include:

  • mining
  • transport and storage
  • community and other services
  • electricity, gas and water
  • trade
  • finance, property and business services and
  • manufacturing.

The construction industry is a supporting industry for a large number of major projects.

It is important to consider these trends when thinking about what type of training will increase your chances of getting a job.

Industries expecting job growth in South Australia

Some sectors are expected to experience stronger jobs growth than others. Over the next five years around 75% of the job opportunities that arise from employment growth and the need to replace workers that retire or move on to other occupations are projected to come from health and community service workers, sales workers, clerical and administrative workers, business and public administration managers, labourers, health and welfare professionals, education professionals, and business, human resources and marketing professionals.

Health care and social assistance

The State’s ageing population and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will place greater demands on the health care and social assistance industry and will support future employment growth. Major projects such as the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute will support demand for health care and support services. There will be diverse job opportunities for skilled people (from entry level to professional) in the State. An older workforce (people nearing retirement) will also provide employment opportunities in the future. 

Jobs in this industry include:

  • generalist medical practitioners
  • medical imaging professionals
  • ambulance officers and paramedics
  • aged and disabled carers
  • registered and enrolled nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • psychologists
  • child carers.

If you’re interested in working in the growing disability sector, connect with your local Disability Workforce Hub or career service to assist you into training and employment. See Talk to a career adviser.

Education and training

The education and training industry employs many people in South Australia. More students entering training has led to an increased demand for qualified workers in TAFEs and technical colleges, universities and the adult community education sector. The demand for primary and secondary school teachers will continue to grow as the workforce ages and more teachers retire.

Growth in student numbers combined with an older than average workforce (people nearing retirement) will support employment opportunities in the future.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • early childhood (pre-primary school) teachers
  • primary and secondary school teachers
  • special education teachers
  • university lecturers and tutors
  • VET sector lecturers and teachers
  • private tutors and teachers.

Professional, scientific and technical services

These services will become increasingly important as South Australia continues to adjust towards a higher value-add, innovative and more productive economy with an increased focus on more knowledge intensive services.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • accountants
  • solicitors
  • software and applications programmers
  • architects and landscape architects
  • civil engineering professionals
  • ICT support technicians
  • advertising and marketing professionals and
  • computer network professionals.

Advanced manufacturing (including defence)

Significant effort from both government and industry is being made to help transform the manufacturing industry into an innovative and high value-add sector. The creation of new products and services will continue to enhance manufacturing operations, capture new markets and support future employment growth.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • electrical and electronics engineers
  • motor mechanics
  • telecommunications, electronics and electrical distribution trades workers
  • electrical engineering draftspersons and technicians
  • electricians
  • software and applications programmers.

For more information on any of these industries and the skills they require, see search for careers and industries.

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