What are emerging occupations?

Emerging occupations are defined as new, frequently advertised jobs which are substantially different to occupations already defined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) – such as data scientist and data analyst. As such, to compile our list we considered data from the time period following the last ANZSCO review in 2013.

The NSC has identified and validated 25 emerging occupations within seven categories in the Australian labour market (Figure 1). This list is not considered exhaustive, and the NSC will continue to monitor and analyse emerging trends.

An advantage of our approach is access to real time internet job advertisement data using Burning Glass Technologies, which will allow us to pick up occupations in emerging fields like blockchain, nanotechnology, quantum computing and the internet of things as soon as the employer demand for these skills increases.

Figure 1: Emerging occupations identified by the National Skills Commission

Emerging Occupations Infographic - 25 emerging occupations identified by the National Skills Commission