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

South Australia’s economy continues to change moving towards technically-based services and smarter ways of doing business, resulting in employment in more ‘skilled’ occupations across industries.

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

  • health care and social assistance
  • mining
  • agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • accommodation and food services
  • public administration and safety
  • education and training
  • transport, postal and warehousing
  • other services (including automotive repair and maintenance, and hairdressing & beauty services)
  • professional, scientific and technical services and
  • retail trade.

This broad shift towards service based industries is likely to continue in the future.

Major Projects

Major projects continue to support employment opportunities across a range of sectors. There are currently 326 major projects underway or planned in South Australia with a total value of around $95 billion. The main sectors impacted by major projects include:

  • minerals and energy
  • urban development
  • defence
  • infrastructure and water management
  • health, education and other services
  • premium food and wine and
  • manufacturing and industrial development.

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 training to do and what industries might 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. 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 completed South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute will also 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 than average workforce (people nearing retirement) will also support 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.

Education and training

The education and training industry employs many people in South Australia. High levels of growth in student numbers have led to an increased demand for qualified workers in the school, vocational education and training, higher education and adult community education sectors.

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 and
  • 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.

Transport, postal and warehousing

Employment in the transport, postal and warehousing industry is expected to record solid growth over the next five years. Access to technology has led to an increase in the number of goods bought online resulting in increased demand for warehouse and transport/delivery workers. In addition to this, an older than average workforce (people nearing retirement) will also support employment opportunities in the future.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • warehouse and logistic workers
  • transport drivers (train, car and truck)
  • motor mechanics and
  • air and marine transport 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 and
  • 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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