Discover where you want to be
Whatever pathway you’re on, it’s important to know what occupation skill sets are going to help you build a secure future.
Your future starts here
Our Occupation Discovery Tool, developed in partnership with Jobs and Skills Australia, takes you through the occupations with skills shortages and highlights where future demand exists across South Australia.
Time to get exploring and get inspired with meaningful local insights to help you plan your next step.
What does it all mean?
Shortages are caused by lots of things including:
- people moving away from regional areas
- not enough training places for certain skilled occupations
- a large increase in construction work in a region
- changes in technology, and
- natural hazards such as pandemics and weather-driven events
Why build your skills in these areas?
Skills in shortage areas are worth building to:
- take advantage of more job vacancies in these areas
- make yourself valuable to employers
- reduce your competition with others looking for work, and
- access better wages and conditions — since employers need to attract people to the occupation
Here, demand is talking about the need for new workers in a certain occupation.
How we calculate demand
Our Occupation Discovery Tool focuses on future demand.
Your results on the Occupation Discovery Tool will show an occupation’s demand as:
- Strong — In the top 25% of occupations with a need for skilled people.
- Moderate — In the middle 50% of occupations with a need for skilled people.
- Soft — In the bottom 25% of occupations with a need for skilled people.
We use these categories to:
- make your results easier to understand, and
- create harmony* with the same categories used by Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA)
* Results will vary due to differences in how JSA calculates demand.
What we base it on
The Occupation Discovery Tool aims to be as user-friendly as possible by providing you with a realistic snapshot of the future labour market.
The Occupation Discovery Tool:
- uses local South Australian data
- takes filled jobs into account to give you a meaningful understanding of where skills are needed, and
- bases results on actual demand (not affected by the size of the industry)
To calculate future demand, we forecast job openings over a 5-year period in the future.
Our data specialists also listen to a variety of important representative bodies as well as use information from different levels of government and a variety of other reliable sources when creating estimates.
Our future demand estimates are updated every year to make sure they’re as useful as possible.
Different search tools = different results
Different types of job demand search tools can provide results that are slightly (or very) different. This is because there’s lots of choice around the things analysts can focus on when calculating demand — such as:
- The region and/or
- The state and/or
- National and/or
- Global markets.
- The current market, and/or
- Future predictions
- Job openings only (total job openings)
- Job openings minus inflows (net job openings)
- The occupation and/or
- The overall industry.
Results from the Occupation Discovery Tool and the JSA search tool will vary because the JSA search tool:
- uses national data and total job openings, and
- makes results proportional to the size of each industry — so, for example, a small occupation field that’s likely to double in size will be shown to have stronger demand than a tiny size increase for a much larger occupation field