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Want to know what you should study now, for skilled careers in 2022?

With rapid changes in technology, it can be hard to know which jobs will still be around in a few years’ time. Thankfully, the Department of Employment has made its predictions on which occupations will grow, creating the most careers in 2022. So what makes the cut?

We’ve looked at the projected number of positions to be created for each high-skilled occupation and found the top 22 (with number one to grow the most). Here’s what you can study to get there.

Counsellors and Secondary Teachers

Both careers are predicted to grow a similar amount. Psychology will take you down the counselling path while education will take you to the classroom.

Health and Welfare Service Managers

Health and welfare is such a diverse and interesting sector to work in. Depending on your interests, you can find your place in this field through degrees, such as medical and health sciences, exercise science and rehabilitation, nutrition and dietetics, public health, psychology, social work or social science.

Human Resource Managers

For a career that requires working with people to help them become the best employee they can be, look no further than HR. A Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management is good starting place.

Social Workers

If you find it rewarding to help people improve their social, health and emotional wellbeing, social work is another skilled career set to continue growing. Check out the Bachelor of Social Work for a direct path. Public health and social science degrees can also lead to similar roles.

Advertising and Marketing Professionals

Could your ideas bring a brand to life? There are many paths into this profession, including business degrees majoring in Marketing, Management and PR or a Bachelor of Communication and Media.

Other Information and Organisation Professionals

Depending on your area of interest, there are a range of options to become a professional in a particular field. Study areas could include commerce, business, social science, social work or arts and humanities.

Other specialist managers

If you see yourself as a bit of a leader and an organiser, why not gain management skills that could apply to a range of industries with a commerce degree, majoring in management.

School Teachers (Not Further Defined)

Passionate, knowledgeable and well-trained teachers will always be in demand, which is why teachers in general will be one of the growing careers in 2022. Make an impact on the next generations with an education degree.

Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

It’s one of the lesser known fields of business, but it’s one that’s growing with opportunities you mightn’t even realise. A Bachelor of Business specialising in Supply Chain Management will take you in the right direction.


If you love your sport, or you’re passionate about seeing people restore their movement and health after illness or injury, exercise science and rehabilitation is a great place to start.

Management and Organisation Analysts

This career is best suited to problem solvers with a drive to grow and improve businesses. You can get into this line of work with a business, IT or maths degree. TIP: you can tailor your majors to suit management and analyst roles.

Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

For those who are full of ideas and like to bring them to life – turn your passion into your career with creative arts.

Primary School Teachers

Teachers have the ability to help shape the lives of young people and you could be the one they look up to. You can specialise in primary teaching to prepare you for this career path.

Civil Engineering Professionals

For the planners, the problem solvers and the constructers, transform your skills into a career with an engineering degree.

Construction Managers

Whether you’re in a trade and want to move up the ladder, or see this as your end career goal, business and engineering degrees can put you on the right path, or you could make it a double degree and earn both qualifications in less time.

Early Childhood Teachers

People who love working with children and want to give them the best foundation for life might be interested in this career path. The best way to be at the cutting edge of this profession is with a Bachelor of Education (The Early Years) and by making the most of Early Start on campus at UOW.


The economy is always changing, and good accountants are needed to crunch the numbers. Maths or commerce degrees are a good way to move into a range of accountancy roles.

ICT Managers

If you want the tech know-how and the management skills to boost your career, an ICT and business double degree is the way to go.

General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers

Most of us have paid a visit to the doctor or a medical professional of some kind. When people become ill, help them become healthy again through a health and medicine degree or a Bachelor of Pre-Medicine.

Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers

For those who think they could sell water to a fish, or who want to work their way up the corporate ladder, business or communications and media are your go-to degrees (or you could make them a double too).

Software and Applications Programmers

As technology booms, so do the tech jobs. If Silicon Valley is your dream future, check out these degrees.

Registered Nurse

They’re the backbone of our health system, so it’s no wonder the number of nurses we’ll need in the next five years will sky rocket. The most common entry to this career is through the Bachelor of Nursing.

Graphics by Claire Foxton

The information in this article is correct as of March 2018.

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