There’s never been a better time to get into tech.
Figures just released by the Tech Council show the overall tech workforce has grown a solid 8% in the past 12 months alone, putting Australia on track to achieve the government’s goal of 1.2 million technology-related jobs by 2030.
That’s a whole lotta tech jobs up for grabs – especially for Gen Zs who are entering the workforce en masse.
“With a steady increase to nearly 935,000 tech workers this year, compared to 865,000 last year, we are well on track to deliver 1.2 million jobs by 2030,” said Ed Husic, Minister for Industry and Science in a joint statement with the Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor.
“If the tech workforce were an industry, it would be the 7th largest employer in Australia.”
According to the report, software developers, data analysts and cyber security jobs working in non-tech companies such as banks and supermarkets are driving the increase.
So how’s the government tackling the digital skill shortage that’s unfolding?
“The government is working with industry to train up more Australians in the field of technology,” Husic said.
“Boosting the number of tech jobs in our workforce is not a ‘nice to have’ – they’re incredibly vital to building stronger, competitive Australian businesses in the long run. Workers with tech skills are highly sought after for well-paying, secure jobs.
“That’s why we made tech jobs a priority in recruitment for the 464,000 fee-free TAFE places – and why we’re reforming our skilled visa system… which will quickly provide critical skills and see more well-trained tech workers.”
So as a parent how can you help boost your child’s chances to get into these fee-free TAFE places?
Well, checking out our free DigiSkills academy is a great first step.
The online academy course developed with the Digital Skills Organisation helps educate young people about how they can develop and use digital skills in the booming tech industry.
The best part?
It’s not only free, but students can earn while they learn by accumulating ‘points’ for each module completed which students can then ‘cash out’ for rewards.
At the end of the short course your child will have the tech industry insights to know whether it’s a good career for them.