The future is ethical!
That’s the good news from the National Skills Commission (NSC) – a new government body that’s working to develop intelligence on Australia’s labour market, workforce changes and current and emerging skills needs.
The NSC has identified and validated 25 “emerging” occupations in seven categories of the Australian labour market – these are jobs that already exist, but which are growing at very high rates – some by up to 492% in the last 5 years!
Here’s the full list:
For ethical jobseekers, what’s exciting is how many of these roles are – or at least could be – ethical jobs.
So if you’re thinking of re-skilling, it’s great that there are so many ethical options. Let’s explore 5 of the most ethical options on the list:
Just about every charity relies on donations for some of its work, and that means a good fundraiser can be worth their weight in gold to an organisation. That’s also why fundraising is one of Australia’s fastest-growing – and also one of the best-paid – occupations. Top fundraisers are expected to bring in significant funding for the organisations that employ them, and that responsibility usually comes with a matching pay cheque.
Fundraising jobs are incredibly diverse, and can involve anything from planning and organising events, digital or mail-based marketing to members, managing long-term donor relationships, attracting sponsorship, creating and selling merchandise, managing media and of course long-term strategy and planning.
As a result, many private-sector skills can transfer well to a job in fundraising, particularly sales or business development skills, communications (to help write winning grant applications or convincing donor communications), marketing, event management, and customer service.
2. Solar Installers
Solar installers assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic systems on roofs or other structures. That’s probably going to include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules, including minor electrical work such as current checks.
According to the NSC, most solar installers only have a Certificate III or IV to complete their work.
3. Energy Auditors
Heating and cooling houses and offices is one of the biggest users of energy in Australia.
As we transition to a zero emissions economy in the years ahead, not only will all of our energy come from renewable sources, but we’ll also use a lot less energy in our buildings. Europe and the UK have lead the way on regulating their new and existing buildings to ensure they use as little energy as possible, but Australia still has a long way to go on this.
That’s where energy auditors come in. Energy auditors are the people who assess buildings – whether new or existing – to see how much energy they use, and make recommendations on how to reduce their energy use.
Energy auditors’ main tasks include conducting household energy audits, advising companies on energy use and energy efficiency, and performing statistical analysis on energy data.
Some good news is that you don’t need any specific qualifications to be an energy auditor – the NSC shows that people doing this work have a variety of different qualifications.
In the last 5 years, the number of energy auditors in Australia has almost doubled, and we’re likely to see many more being employed as our governments start to take the transition to zero emissions more seriously this decade.
4. Digital Marketing Specialists
Digital marketing is an another profession that has gone gangbusters in the last five years, with numbers of people employed more than tripling!
Like fundraisers, digital marketing specialists are people that almost every charity wants and needs, now that so much of their fundraising, advocacy and member engagement happens online.
Digital marketing specialists are responsible for all the online marketing efforts that charities and not-for-profit organisations do. That means working across websites, emails, apps, social media and broader online branding. It means having knowledge about how to work with data, an eye for design, and probably that ability to write good marketing copy too.
The NSC says that the vast majority of digital marketers have either a bachelors or a masters degree, so if this is your dream job, you may need to do some training in the area first.
Or if you already have a relevant degree and you’re keen to get started in this emerging area, check out all the digital marketing roles being advertised now.
5. Data Scientists
Data is the language of the future, and almost all jobs will soon be need people who can analyse and manipulate data.
But if you truly love numbers and problem solving, consider the impact you could have at your favourite charity or social enterprise as a data scientist.
Data scientists find and interpret rich data sources, manage large amounts of data, merge data sources, ensure consistency of data-sets, and create visualisations to aid in understanding data. They build mathematical models, present and communicate data insights and findings, and recommend ways to apply data.
In a charity, data scientists are likely to be working with advocacy teams to work out how to change government policy, with programs teams evaluating services or projects or with fundraising teams, working out how to squeeze valuable dollars out of current or potential donors.
And for social enterprises, data scientists will be more and more essential in analysing customer or user behaviour, and working out how to make more of an impact.
As charities move more of their activities online, demand for data scientists is already growing, while in the broader economy, the numbers of data scientists employed has grown 600% in the last five years alone!
Data science is another area where you’ll be well paid for your skills, with the average salary for a data scientist topping $100k.
But if you’re considering this as a new career, you’ll likely need to head back to university for a few years, as most data scientists have either a Masters or a Doctoral degree.