Did you know that Australia needs 6.5 million additional workers with digital skills by 2025?
As a future worker, we want to make sure you’re all across these skills so your employability level is solid. Below, we’ve rounded up the top five in demand skills in Australia, according to the APAC Digital Skills Index 2020. Consider these as you start or move along your STEM study path so you can future proof your career.
Top 5 in demand skills in Australia
1. Large-scale data modelling
Data modeling is all about creating a visual representation of an information system (or parts of it). The aim? To highlight connections between different data types and how they fit together. It’s an important step in the process of building an information system as it helps developers figure out how the system will work and how it will meet the needs of a business.
Data modelers working closely with business owners and stakeholders, and sometimes even the users of the information system.
If you’re interested in data modeling, a Bachelor of Information Technology or a Bachelor of Information Systems is a good place to start.
2. Software operations support
Being software savvy is a super important skill when it comes to employability. This ranges from the basics (like using software to create marketing content for social media) to a more advanced level – like software development. According to APAC Digital Skills Index 2020, the demand for the ability to deploy software (this means testing and compiling it) in organisations is on the rise. So is creating support protocols for the software.
Keen on software engineering or support? A Bachelor of Computer Science will serve you very well!
It’s no surprise that these extremely popular STEM areas made the list, and it’s also no surprise the demand for these skills comes from the rapid growth of technology. Web development will have you building websites and intranets, software development is designing and coding applications and programs for things like computers and mobile devices, and game development involves concept generation, designing, building, testing and releasing video games.
Again, a Bachelor of Computer Science will be a huge help here!
4. Cloud architecture
Cloud architecture refers to the components needed for cloud computing (the delivery of on-demand computing services, such as apps, storage and processing power – usually over the Internet). The components include front and back end platforms, cloud-based delivery and a network. Being skilled in this would be a massive asset to any future worker, especially if you are able to design new cloud architectures. The APAC Digital Skills Index 2020 says that workers with this ability are projected to see the largest increase in demand by employers between today and 2025. Brb, learning everything about clouds!
Can you guess what degree is brilliant for future cloud architects? Yep, you guessed it. A Bachelor of Computer Science.
5. Cyber security/cyber forensics
Cyber security is one of the fastest growing industries, with the Australian sector alone expected to grow by 300% by 2026 – and 17,000 new cyber security workers needed in that time. It’s crucial for keeping our infrastructure and societies safe, and also offers a wide range of job opportunities.
If this is the career for you, check out the video below. In it, we highlight the diverse and sometimes surprising pathways into cyber security careers, bust myths around what it means and looks like to work in this crucial sector, emphasise the importance of non-technical skills and meet real-life cyber professionals with inspiring career stories.
Be sure to have a read of Careers with STEM: Cyber Security too. And as for study? A Bachelor of Cyber Security will do the trick!
Getting the necessary digital skills under your belt is a long process, with the APAC Digital Skills Index 2020 suggesting that we all need to be equipped with these skills at different stages of our education journey.
For school students, it’s important to develop a strong technical competency. Higher education students, on the other hand, “need to acquire job-ready skills and obtain industry experience that will allow a smooth transition into the workforce.”
All of this is no easy easy feat. “The challenge is huge, but the pay-off would be tremendous in terms of stronger economic growth, higher incomes, and a more equitable and resilient economy,” says Fraser Thompson, managing director of AlphaBeta (who prepared the APAC Digital Skills Index 2020).
Wanna know more about future proofing your career? Here’s everything you need to know about the future of work.
Author: Louise Meers
Louise is the acting digital 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.