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2019’s hottest industries: how to study towards a more in-demand career

by Craig Boyle

Is 2019 going to be your year? Of course it is! You have the power to transform your own future and find your awesome. Why leave this new year’s resolution undone? If you want to study to enter a better career, don’t put it off until next year. Here are some of the best industries to consider beginning a career in.

2019 is going to be an excellent year for growth in some key industries. This makes it the perfect time to start studying to enter your new career. To showcase the opportunities ahead, we’ve looked into some of Australia’s most exciting industries – all of which you can enter a career in by studying with us. Here’s what to look out for in 2019 and beyond…

Note: many of these figures are averages and approximations presented by the Australian Government’s Job Outlook tool.

Certificate III in Education Support


  • Total estimated job openings 2019: 17000
  • Estimated ‘new’ job creations 2019: 3760

The education sector continues to grow in Australia. Prospects are especially bright for Teacher’s Aides and other supplementary teaching roles. Predictions state that the sector will experience strong growth. In 2018, the workforce was 90,500 strong and by 2023, forecasts predict this number will reach 109,300 – creating approximately 3760 entirely new job openings in 2019 and each year until 2023. However, total job openings will total approximately 17,000 per year when you take turnover into account.

Whilst average earnings ($927 weekly) are lower than average, 25% of workers in the sector are employed full-time. Teacher’s aides enjoy far more free time in their week, whilst only earning $300 less than the Australian average across all jobs ($1230).

Strong job growth and part-time opportunities makes 2019 a fantastic time to consider a career as an Education Aide. To enter the field, you’ll need qualifications: the majority of workers in Education Aide roles (35.7%) hold a CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support.

Diploma in Beauty Therapy


  • Total estimated job openings 2019: 5000
  • Estimated ‘new’ job creations 2019: 1340

Beauty therapy and the beauty industry as a whole is a small but rapidly evolving sector in Australia. Estimates state that the industry employs 36,100 workers. The Australian Government estimates 5000 new job openings per year until 2023, with the sector forecast to reach 42,800 workers. The industry is growing quickly, with new innovations in beauty products and the emergence of challenger independent brands. This makes it the perfect time to begin studying beauty – with either a SHB40115 Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy or a SHB50115 Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

In addition, just 44.7% of Beauty Therapists work full-time in Australia, making it a great career to fit around your lifestyle. On average, Beauty Therapists earn $23.12 per hour according to However, the job also has strong opportunities for self-employment, where earning potential varies greatly.

Beauty therapy puts you more in charge of the hours you work and the actual tasks you perform. Start studying a SHB50115 Diploma in Beauty Therapy today to take control of 2019.

Certificate IV in Mental Health Course

Community Services (Social work)

  • Total estimated job openings 2019: 4600
  • Estimated ‘new’ job creations 2019: 520

The Department for Education and Training has highlighted social assistance services as growing parts of the wider healthcare sector. You can enter social services with a range of our courses including the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health course or the CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs courses.

There’ll be strong future growth, with 32,900 current workers in 2018 growing to 35,500 in 2023. That means the sector will enjoy approximately 4,600 job openings per year and 520 entirely new jobs created in 2019 and every year until 2023.

Social workers generally work full-time and can expect good wage prospects. On average you’ll earn $1,364 per week which is higher than the all job average of $1230. In addition, full time social workers tend to work fewer hours than the national average at 33.6 hours a week compared to 40.

Fewer hours, higher wages and strong opportunities combine to make studying in this field fantastic.  Get started now.

Certificate III in Individual Support


  • Total estimated job openings 2019: 35800
  • Estimated ‘new’ job creations 2019: 13840

One of the most pressing factors to address in Australia is our ageing population. Aged and disabled care workers, therefore, are vital for facilitating the future of the country. The sector will grow rapidly – we’ll need one million extra workers in the aged care sector by 2050, according to estimates.

For prospective students, this is fantastic news. The need for growth means the government is injecting real support to support new careers. In 2017, the Government committed $33 million to the sector. You’ll be entering a field where you’ll have bright prospects and in-demand skills.

For Aged and Disabled Carers, the Government predicts that there’ll be 35,800 total job openings every year until 2023. 13840 brand new positions are also expected to be created in 2019 and each year until 2023. Just 32.6% of Aged and Disabled Carers work full-time, so it’s a role that will suit you if you need a flexible job to fit around your life. To get started in this much-needed field, you’ll need a CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) or a CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).

Diploma in Nursing

What about nursing?

  • Total estimated job openings 2019: 29400
  • Estimated ‘new’ job creations 2019: 10260

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this same aged population means the demand for registered nurses is going to increase massively. In 2019 alone, there will be approximately 29,400 openings for nursing positions and 10,260 entirely new positions created.

While 55% of nurses are educated to bachelor’s degree level, 17% have an advanced diploma or a diploma. As the demand for new workers increases and new jobs must be filled, we expect that the number of nurses holding a diploma as their highest level of education will also increase rapidly.

Full-time nurses earn more than the average salary at $1480 weekly compared to the $1230 average. They earn this whilst also working fewer hours per week (34.4) compared to the average 40-hour week. Unemployment in nursing is also below the national average. Essentially, this means nursing provides job security, great growth prospects and good earning potential.

Want to make a real difference, care for others and enjoy a job that is forecast to increase in demand each and every year until 2050? Study a HLT54115 Diploma in Nursing to get started in 2019.

Ultimately, 2019 looks to be a great year for those interested in a career helping others. Whether you’re helping people feel better about themselves as a beauty therapist or a social worker, helping people succeed in the classroom as a Teacher’s Aide, or providing vital healthcare services as an Aged or Disabled worker or Nurse, you can start studying to enter a rewarding career that will continue to grow year-on-year. This year is the perfect time to start chasing your dreams – so head over to our homepage to view our courses and make this year your best yet.

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