The future of Australian IT jobs defined

The nature of technology jobs will continue to change as new trends develop. Here’s how it will affect the IT professionals of the future.


The way technology jobs will evolve in the future has been the talk of the IT industry for years. With more and more disruptive technology released each year, the nature of these roles is still not set in stone. Could a startup emerge in the next few months that will change the world of IT as we know it?

Although these questions are still up in the air, a number of sources have at least provided some good news – technology jobs are here to stay.

Whether recent IT candidates are looking to travel the world with contract employment or establish their own tech startup, there’s an option to support them in the future.

How many jobs will technology create?

New research published by the national broadband network (nbn) revealed that the future of digital employment is a bright one, and is set to alter existing roles and create new ones.

This is more than just speculation as well, with the firm basing its predictions on events that have already taken the Australian job market by storm. Since the year 2000, according to nbn, technology has been responsible for the creation of more than 3 million jobs.

By 2030, the nbn is expecting another 3 million to be created on top of this. However, IT candidates need to do their bit to make these opportunities happen, as the tech industry’s startup culture is set to continue.

Because of this, entrepreneurs will be key to the development of these roles, encouraging candidates who see holes in the market to create a niche product that could be the next Facebook. This potential creates a feeling of excitement within the wider industry, as workers know they don’t have to follow the status quo.

The author of the report, Bernard Salt, believes these trends and the effect of the of nbn rollout will greatly influence the economic landscape in the coming years.

“Super connectivity made available via the nbn network will deliver a greater balance between work and lifestyle pursuits as we redefine how, when and where we will work,” he explained.

“We could also see the rise of new Silicon cities or beaches in regional hubs around the country as universal access to fast broadband drives a culture of entrepreneurialism and innovation outside our capital cities.”

It’s not just the technologically inclined that will benefit from these developments. The study revealed positive future trends for everyone from creative types to manual labourers and care givers.

What does it mean for young Australians?

While these developments are great news for those already established in the industry, there’s another group of Australians that it stands to affect to a greater level. People that are currently making their way through secondary and tertiary education need to be aware of ongoing changes in their job prospects between now and graduation.

After all, it’s essential these future professionals gain the relevant qualifications to capitalise on the opportunities the sector will offer them.

A report produced by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) states these measures need to be implemented even earlier. According to the organisation, these skills need to be taught from primary school level onwards, ensuring the next generation of IT workers are prepared for industry requirements.

The FYA discovered that more than half of all jobs in the next 10 to 15 years will require digital skills and knowledge. To ensure future candidates possess these attributes, the FYA defined two key strategies to encouraging digital wellbeing.

The first of these is ‘enable’, with the FYA advocating policies that encourage digital literacy and infrastructure while encouraging the entrepreneur culture described above.

Following these developments, there need to be policies that then protect what has been enabled, ensuring workplaces around the nation are prepared to support their employees in the digital future.

Can the government help?

These trends will struggle to meet their full potential without the investment of both state and federal regulatory bodies, especially as so much of it is dependent on supporting infrastructure.

Deloitte investigated the role these organisations need to play in the development, finding that not only do governments need to encourage the rollout of these technologies, they also need to adopt them.

One of the main areas Deloitte singled out for improvement is in the way in which governments manage customer transactions. The firm predicted that moving these into the digital space would greatly increase productivity and efficiency, as well as creating more jobs for those tasked with installing and maintaining the necessary systems.

Considering federal and state governments are responsible for almost 811 million transactions per year, with 40 per cent still conducted offline, there is plenty of room for change.

Change will be the one constant as these trends develop, and the candidates and organisations that can best manage them are set to benefit the most. With the positive atmosphere created by the promise of future jobs, it’s a great time to join the IT industry.

If you would like to know more about job trends in the Australian IT and Digital sectors – get in touch with Talent today.