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Work Skills for the Digital Economy in Australia

From Fairfax Sydney Morning Herald:


The top 10 most endangered jobs of 2014.  If Postman Pat were to find himself negotiating the job market of today, it’s likely he would need an open mind to a career change.



In today’s fast-paced, technology-rich world certain careers are changing drastically, and in some cases becoming obsolete.

The growth of the digital sector has particularly changed the state of job security, taking what were once relevant and reliable occupations out of the hands of humans, and hard-wiring them into computers.

In June, consultancy Deloitte mapped how Australia’s key 18 industries would fare at the hands of the “digital disruption juggernaught”.

The report singled out six industries, representing one third of the $1.4 trillion Australian economy that were vulnerable to a substantial impact within a short space of time….

….Its top ten endangered jobs of 2014 are:

Postman, Farmer, Meter reader, Newspaper reporter, Travel agent, Forestry worker, Flight attendant, Drill-press operator, Printing worker and Tax examiners.


Two themes run underneath the digitisation of our economies and society related to employment; both marketing and administrative management occupations have been turned upside down through streamlined or automated processes, plus communication and need for less physical people while offering richer feedback or MIS on business performance.

So, if you are thinking about a career as a ‘manager’ or ‘administrative officer’ think again and maybe acquire real technical and other skills, e.g. study technical or  trades training in Australia?


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