If a technology study and career path is calling your name, you’re in luck.
Future tech jobs in Australia are set to boom, with the Tech Council aiming to have one million jobs in this sector by 2025.
It’s a huge goal, but we’re already super close! Currently, there are 861,000 STEM peeps employed in tech, working as everything from support specialists to software developers. The overall aim? Hold on to your hats because this is pretty exciting – to make Australia a global tech hub with all the Silicon Valley vibes.
And we can totally do this. According to the Tech Council, the technology industry generated a massive $167 billion in the 2021 financial, equivalent to 8.5 per cent of GDP (or gross domestic product). That makes tech equivalent to the third biggest industry in Australia, pipped at the post by mining and finance. Tech jobs have also grown more than twice as fast as average employment in the last decade.
So how can you help the Tech Council achieve big and boost technology in Australia? Get into tech, of course! Here’s a list of amazing career paths to consider.
Present + future tech jobs in Australia
Out of LinkedIn’s top 15 emerging jobs in 2020, eight were in technology:
- Artificial intelligence (AI) specialist
- Cyber security specialist
- Robotics engineer
- Site reliability engineer
- Data scientist
- Data engineer
- Full stack engineer
- Automation consultant
We also know that close to 40% of tech bosses are looking for crypto, AI, cloud systems and Internet of Things (IoT) skills in new grads, so the following jobs will be important now and in the future as well:
- Blockchain developer
- Machine learning engineer
- Cloud engineer or architect
- IoT solutions engineer
Tech role models
Need even more inspo? Meet the people already working in this industry and loving it!
Daniel Lekic – Senior Cyber Innovation Engineer
Daniel is part of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia‘s (CBA) cyber team, one of the largest cyber teams in the southern hemisphere. He joined CBA after completing a degree in science specialising in IT at the University of Technology Sydney, and a year interning at global tech company WiseTech.
Anna Emmerson – Site Reliability Engineer
An “engineer at heart”, Anna is a site reliability engineer at Google in Sydney, responsible for the effortless performance of products like Google Photos. She has an arts/engineering degree from the University of Queensland, and says if you’re planning to study computer science at uni, to go where the most challenging problems are and keep pushing yourself.
Tara Tjandra – Full Stack Developer
As a graduate full-stack developer at Atlassian, Tara‘s custom emoji creation has resulted in a company messaging code with customisable emojis. She has a Bachelor of Computer Science from UNSW, and was also a summer scholar at NICTA before landing a dream gig at Atlassian.
Mahonri Owen – Robotics Engineer
Passionate about helping people, Mahonri is drawing on both STEM skills and Māori knowledge to develop a brain-controlled prosthetic hand. He had a PhD in Engineering (Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering) from University of Waikato – and is also a doctoral researcher there!
Find out more about future tech jobs in Australia by heading on over to the Careers with Technology hub.
Author: Louise Meers
Louise is the production editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals and build a better future.