The Most Enjoyable Jobs in Australia – Does Yours Make the List?
We spend the majority of our lives working, so why not make it enjoyable for ourselves? The satisfaction and happiness everyone gets out of their careers depends upon personality and interests, and often money comes into play when making these choices. But finding a job that you enjoy doing will make you more productive, with better wellbeing and work-life balance, and even higher self-esteem.
Even though getting enjoyment out of a career is subjective, studies have found there is a mix between enjoyable careers needing high-level qualifications such as a masters or bachelors degree, and those requiring minimal educational backgrounds to produce careers that people find most enjoyable. According to SEEK, workers reporting the highest level of satisfaction were those working in senior management positions with 67% in 2015.
Similarly, 50% of self-employed workers find themselves to have an enjoyable career. It has become a recurring theme in recent times that those who have more control over their work and end up seeing a satisfying result find more enjoyment out of their job. Other factors include freedom of work and location, “people also want job satisfaction, culture fit, a positive work environment and career growth opportunities” states Chris McDonald, managing director, Australia and New Zealand for Indeed.
of self-employed workers enjoy their career path
According to Indeed, the fastest growing industries today that are in hot demand include technology, building and construction, health and medical care. This is because there are general skill shortages in these areas. Whilst these professions may subjectively not be the most enjoyable career prospects for you, it is important to realise where there is a strong demand and new opportunities.
The Most Enjoyable Jobs in Australia
This year has seen global job site Indeed to calculate the ‘Best Jobs of 2018’, calculating Australia’s best jobs by defining each based on average salary/pay and demand from employers. The 30 listed are Australian- and globally-based, and range from medical professionals to data science. Whilst some of these careers are not suitable for everyone, the top 5 alone provide an insight into the variety of work styles that we find satisfying and enjoyable.
|Rank||Job Title||Average Salary||# of job postings (mill.)||% Growth|
|2||Full Stack Developer||$101,751||2740||1652%|
|3||Senior Landscape Architect||$95,575||65||599%|
|13||International Partnerships Manager||$83,348||67||249%|
|14||Management Information Systems Manager||$129,797||48||247%|
|15||Senior Policy Analyst||$99,435||657||238%|
|21||Senior Communications Officer||$91,791||207||181%|
|22||IT Security Specialist||$125,634||859||181%|
|24||People Analytics Manager||$120,790||66||176%|
|26||Registered Nurse - Oncology||$85,591||480||162%|
|27||Diversity and Inclusion Manager||$87,788||50||162%|
|28||Registered Nurse - Primary Care||$96,956||98||161%|
|30||Clinical Lead Nurse||$98,662||127||155%|
The Top 5 Jobs in Australia
1. Lead Teacher
As the profession ranked with the strongest growth in demand, new job postings for Lead Teachers rapidly increased by 1907% between 2014 and 2017. This popular job revolves around helping other teachers, administrators and parents have a positive school experience. Typically this role is suitable for job seekers who have earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, then become nationally recognised as a Lead Teacher. Whilst it is not an entry-level position, the fast expansion in popularity has seen the average base salary ride to $92,723.
2. Full Stack Developer
Individuals who are acknowledged as Full Stack Developers are familiar with all levels in computer software development instead of being an expert in one specific area. Earning an average base salary of $101,751, Full Stack Developers are becoming a critical part of this technological era.
Ricky Fritsch, Indeed’s Managing Director for Australia attributes the 1652% rise of Full Stack Developers towards the ‘proliferation of online applications’ and the fact that ‘companies are becoming ever more reliant on the collection and use of data and those with the skills to manage and utilize it are in hot demand’.
3. Senior Landscape Architect
Becoming a Senior Landscape Architect typically isn’t a qualified title, rather it is earned after substantial demonstrated experience. Generally, a Senior Architect is a lead for a team of architects that work on large-scale projects in civil engineering, landscape design and construction projects.
Earning an average base salary of $95,575, often the Senior Landscape Architect is the head of an architectural firm and the person to manage schedules, research, and budgets to produce high quality on-time projects. The role also includes being able to perfect translating designs into actual implementation as well as leading teams through the entire design process till final delivery.
4. Regional Recruiter
A Regional Recruiter in 2018 had an average base salary of $91,732, and responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with hiring managers of specific companies to help with the current and future hiring needs. Working in specific regional areas, a Recruiter can offer career advice, arrange interviews and advise on staffing policies and procedures for careers in child-care to Business Analysts jobs.
5. Court Manager
A Court Manager is not a highly sought-after position, however it is considered as one of the best. The job involves managing and directing the daily operations of all types of courthouses including local, state and even federal. Earning an average base salary of $86,323, typical responsibilities in this position include acting as a court liaison, managing a courts budget and directing a variety of court employees.
Indeed’s Best Jobs of 2018 also include a wide variety of other high demand and enjoyable jobs like Data Scientist, Site Engineer, Information Systems Manager, Electrical Foreman/Supervisor, Registered Nurse, Senior Communication Officer and Wellbeing Manager.
Even though having an enjoyable job is subjective, remember that you can make key areas of any job fun and satisfying when you put your mind to it.
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