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A new report showed that the skills and jobs in demand are likely to be in high demand among the Australian workforce in the not too distant future.
Research from RMIT Online and Deloitte Access Economics found that IT, General Health, Fitness Trainer, Management, and Procurement / Contractors will be in the top five by 2025.
Workers with digital and technology skills will be in high demand – 87 percent of jobs already require digital skills and this number is expected to increase.
“We’re going to need 150,000 IT people in this country over the next five years,” Deloitte’s John O’Mahony told Sunrise.
IT staff will be in great demand over the next ten years. Image credit: mascot/.Getty
Despite these predictions, the research found that the majority of Australians have limited digital skills.
According to the report, 76 percent of current Australian workers have no knowledge of blockchain technology, 66 percent cannot program or program, 62 percent do not recognize agile management, and 54 percent cannot tell you about artificial intelligence.
O’Mahony said Australia urgently needs to address this lack of digital skills to ensure we can fill jobs and grow the economy in the future.
Experts say Aussies should brush up on their digital skills now. Photo credit: Luis Alvarez/.Getty
He said workers should actively seek training to ensure they are attractive to potential employers in the future.
“It doesn’t mean going back and doing a PhD in astrophysics, there are lots of short courses, there are online courses, and there are courses that you can do on the job,” he explained.
“While it can be scary to people, do a bit of exercise so you’re ready.”