Mining industry listed as key ‘hot’ area when it comes to jobs

IT'S no surprise mining is one of the fastest-growing industries when it comes to future employment.

Mining, health and information technology (IT) were included in a list of nine "hot" careers, according to publication RiAus Ultimate Science Guide.

These are also the top careers Mackay job seekers are looking for, Alan Hayes of Mackay-based AH Recruitment said.

"IT and health are on track, they're the big ones," Mr Hayes said. "They're the most popular at the moment."

But he said there had been a "lull" in the market.

"There's a fear in the community, and the Australia dollar is creeping back up, which isn't helpful," Mr Hayes said.

"People are less likely to make a move. They stay with what they know, and where they have job security."

The RiAus Ultimate Science Guide 2014 also listed other scientific fields, including sonography, optometry and geophysical science.

Mining is a particular growth area for engineers, with job numbers in oil and gas estimated to increase by more than 50% during the next four years.

For the technology sector, data science, mobile application development and tech-hybrid roles will be in high demand. The Department of Employment recently released a publication for Queensland that listed the skills shortages in different jobs.

These included optometrists, mining engineers and electrical engineering draftspersons and technicians.


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