Girl Geek Academy co-founder Lisy Kane says coding is a useful skill. Picture: Jay Town
Girl Geek Academy co-founder Lisy Kane says coding is a useful skill. Picture: Jay Town

The skills you need for the jobs of the future

WORKERS can set themselves up for the jobs of the future by learning to care or to code.

Child protection skills and computer coding language Python were both identified as major emerging skills in an analysis of job advertisements.

Other emerging skills - those that did not rank in the top 200 most requested by employers in 2014 yet rose in the rankings since entering - included onboarding, Adobe Photoshop, facility management, Scrum project management, retail industry background and graphic design.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research report attributed recent demand for child protection skills to growing focus on related government policy.

"This coincides with the increasing rates of children receiving child protection services over the last five years," the report read.

Federal Government data forecast an extra 6400 social workers across all areas would be hired between 2017 and 2022 - a 23 per cent increase in five years.

Child protection skills are in increasing demand. Picture: iStock
Child protection skills are in increasing demand. Picture: iStock

TAFE Queensland chief executive Mary Campbell said it was unsurprising practical skills in supporting children and families were in high demand.

In the last year alone, the number of enrolments in certificate and diploma-level community services qualifications at TAFE Queensland increased 11 per cent.

Meanwhile, the NCVER report found requests for Python programming skills had emerged in job ads across the employment spectrum but particularly financial and insurance services.

Examples of job postings requesting Python were data scientist, software test engineer, network consulting engineer and automation developer.

An extra 15,000 software and applications programmers were forecast by government projections to be needed between 2017 and 2022 - a 14 per cent increase in five years.

Girl Geek Academy co-founder, Lisy Kane, is getting girls excited about IT. Picture: Jay Town
Girl Geek Academy co-founder, Lisy Kane, is getting girls excited about IT. Picture: Jay Town

Girl Geek Academy co-founder Lisy Kane said coding skills were useful even outside of software development roles.

"Having a base knowledge of code can open a lot of doors," the award-winning video game producer said.

"It's all about logic and problem solving."

Ms Kane, who runs events to encourage women into the IT sector, said people could teach themselves to code through online courses or enrol in university to take advantage of internship opportunities, depending how they preferred to learn.

Other skills trending in job advertisements - meaning they rose by at least 50 ranks between 2014 and 2017 - were technical industry knowledge, transport logistics, CPR, content management, optimisation, midwifery, economics and logistics analysis.

Demand for transportation logistics skills experienced the strongest growth, increasing 46 per cent to rank 91 last year, according to NCVER.

Chontelle Kellyis a next gen supply chain graduate at Nestlé and part of Deakin’s Wayfinder initiative. Picture: Supplied
Chontelle Kellyis a next gen supply chain graduate at Nestlé and part of Deakin’s Wayfinder initiative. Picture: Supplied

Dr Roberto Perez-Franco, senior research fellow at Deakin's Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics, said this was the result of increasing volumes of freight and awareness of the sector's value.

"People have been doing these jobs for centuries but the supply chain has become longer … a product of globalisation," he said.

"Expectations from consumers have also become higher. They want their goods faster and are not willing to pay more to get that."

Dr Perez-Franco said people previously were not trained in supply chain but came into the sector accidentally from areas such as engineering.

Now there were dedicated degrees.

More women are being encouraged to enter the sector via programs such as Deakin's Wayfinder initiative, which links industry and community through resources and events.

Visit: wayfinder.org.au



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