The top 5 growing & declining job industries in Australia

Over the last two years, Australia’s workforce has evolved and changed dramatically due to the worldwide interruption of COVID-19, and the obstacles it has posed to businesses and Australia’s job industries.

As you finish your final years of high school, it is important to recognise which job industries are thriving and which are declining, so that you can have the best outcome for your future career.

Let’s start off by looking at the top five declining job industries in Australia for 2023.


1. Telephone operators/mobile customer service

This industry is currently in decline due to the innovation of automatic answering machines, and the internet. Australia’s population no longer has a high demand for telephone operators or mobile customer service personnel since their questions about a product or service can either be answered online through the internet or by a smart bot on the other end of the phone line.

2. Door-to-door sales workers

Due to online shopping and sales, door-to-door sales workers are no longer in high demand. Another factor initiating the decline in this industry is social media. Social media has taken over door-to-door sales workers in the aspect of promotions and advertisements. For example, when scrolling on Instagram and Facebook, there will often be promotions and advertisements embedded in a person’s individual daily ‘feed’.

3. Retail work

Like door-to-door sales, online shopping has made an impact on the demand for in-store retail workers. Although this industry will still be relevant for the years to come, online shopping will only become more popular and accessible therefore reducing the need for in-store retail workers.

4. Agriculture & Farming

Over the last decade, external factors have significantly influenced the agriculture and farming industry in Australia. These external factors include; fluctuating rainfall, volatile operating costs government policies, and of course, the impact of COVID-19. Although this is one of those industries that will always be around, the demand for this industry is has declined.

5. Manufacturing

Due to the technological advances in machinery, the manufacturing industry is in decline. Workers can now easily be replaced by working machines. Although the demand to produce machines that will manufacture products for the Australian population will provide jobs for higher-skilled workers, the demand for manufacturing machinery outweighs physical jobs for workers in the manufacturing industry.


Now that we have had a look at the top 5 declining job industries in Australia, let’s have a look at the top 5 growing job industries in Australia for 2023.

1. Healthcare

With Australia’s growing life expectancy, as well as the impact of COVID-19, Australia is in demand of healthcare professionals. Currently, Australia’s hospital nurses are working overtime to provide the best care possible for their patients. Also, with the on and off postponing of elective surgeries, healthcare workers have found it difficult to manage these surgeries when they resume after their postponement. The top 3 specific healthcare jobs that are in demand for 2022 and 2023 are; aged and disability carers, registered nurses, and physiotherapists.

2. Education and training

Education and training is one job industry that is always going to be in demand regardless of technological advances. This is because the way that Australia’s younger generations learn is always evolving. The future job growth of the education and training industry across many of its specific careers is forecasted as strong heading into 2023. The top 3 specific education and training jobs that are in demand for 2022 and 2023 are; primary school
teachers (particularly maths and science), university lecturers and tutors (specifically in the international education sector), and childcare educators (particularly diploma qualified).

3. Construction

With the current and future demand for better infrastructure, and the increase in demand for housing, the construction industry requires plenty of specialised skilled people. Despite the fear of construction workers being replaced by machinery in the future, the level of demand for construction based projects outweighs this fear. The top 4 specific construction jobs that are in demand for 2022 and 2023 are; electricians, plumbers, construction managers, and concreters.

4. Professional, scientific, and technical industries

This industry involves jobs across the corporate sector (e.g. law firms), the scientific sector, and the I.T sector. It is forecasted that in 2023, there will be more job roles that will arise due to new technologies that will become more accessible for Australia’s population, including; 3-D printing, drone deliveries, and artificial intelligence. The top 3 specific professional scientific and technical jobs that are in demand for 2022 and 2023 are; software and
applications programmers, I.C.T (Information Communication Technology) managers, and I.C.T (Information Communication Technology) support technicians.

5. Travel and tourism industry

The travel and tourism industry has been through many ups and downs over the last two years. Many people would say that this industry is in decline, however, this is not true for Australian workers. Due to the closure of borders and the strict lockdowns, people are now even more eager to travel both domestically and internationally, and experience hospitality service, due to being restricted during the COVID-19 outbreak. With travel and tourism in high demand, there are many job opportunities available, particularly for school leavers. The top 4 specific travel and tourism jobs that are in demand for 2022 and 2023 are; waiter/waitress, cooks, chefs, bakers and pastry cooks.

We hope this information is helpful when making decisions for your career path. If you need professional advice deciding what career path is best for you, get in touch with our team today.