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How to land a $130k+ job in Australia

How to land a $130k+ job in Australia. Source: Getty
How to land a $130k+ job in Australia. Source: Getty

The Australian workforce is going digital, and it pays for you to do the same.

In December last year, LinkedIn revealed the top 15 "emerging" jobs of 2020. These were jobs that had seen large growth in the last five years.

That list looked something like this: artificial intelligence specialist, robotics engineer (software), data scientist, data engineer, automation consultant and cybersecurity specialist.

These jobs reveal an underlying trend: tech is taking over.

Online learning platform Udemy analysed tech skills across the globe, and found the top 10 technology skills sought after by employers in Australia.

They are:

  1. Microsoft Power BI

  2. Algorithms

  3. ServiceNow

  4. Django

  5. ASP.NET

  6. Jenkins

  7. Microservices

  8. CompTIA Security+

  9. Pandas (Data Analysis)

  10. Finance Fundamentals

Those who can master the top skill, Microsoft Power BI, will reap the rewards: according to Seek, a senior BI analytics consultant could earn up to $140,000, or $900 per day for contract work.

Learning the second-best skill, algorithms, could see you become a data scientist, and earn around $1,000 per day for contract work, or up to $160,000 plus super in a permanent role.

Django, which is a software development role, can see you earn up to $130,000 base, or more than $700 per day as a contractor.

Monitor your soft skills too

While tech skills will be invaluable in the coming years, and clearly pay well, recruitment firm Robert Half director, Andrew Brushfield, has warned Aussies not to drop the ball on their soft skills, either.

“At the end of the day, you can show someone how to use a program, but you can’t teach them to be a good cultural fit,” he said.

According to Udemy, the top 10 fastest-growing soft skills in 2020 are:

  1. Growth mindset

  2. Creativity

  3. Focus mastery

  4. Innovation

  5. Communication

  6. Storytelling

  7. Culture awareness

  8. Critical thinking

  9. Leadership

  10. Emotional intelligence

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