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Future–proof your career in Adelaide: Keep a pulse on the industries in demand

Let’s face it, time stands still for nobody. And in this day and age, the world’s moving at a faster pace than it ever has before. So how do you protect your career from a future that’s constantly evolving? Well, it depends on where you live.

In this article, we will break it down into two parts.

The first part will discuss future opportunities in Australia (and in particular, South Australia) should you decide to stay in Oz and become a permanent resident.

And in the second part, will talk about the overseas job market, should you decide to return home and further your career.

Sticking around? Then read on...

If you’re looking to stay in Australia and apply for permanent residency, then you’ll no doubt be keen to know all about the emerging industries happening right now. Not only will this give you a jump on the competition, but it’ll look great for permanent residency purposes (which is becoming harder to come by these days).

In South Australia, the State Government recently identified nine growth industries for the next decade in a push to have more people relocate there. These are:

  • Tourism (set to generate 16,000 jobs; visitor expenditure $12.8 billion by 2030)
  • International Education (over 70,000 enrolments and 23,500 jobs by 2030)
  • Defence (over 4,000 ship-building jobs by 2030)
  • Food, Wine & Agribusiness (estimated net revenue of $23 billion by 2030)
  • Technology (6% growth per year; increase of $365 million by 2030)
  • Health & Medical ($5 billion by 2030, double of what it is currently)
  • Energy & Mining (exports at $13 billion by 2030)
  • Space (nearly 6% growth per year; reaching $250 million by 2030)
  • Creative (5% growth per year, reaching $2.1 billion by 2030)

Courses and degrees that will give you a head-start in these growth industries include:

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Like what you see, but don’t want to be stuck in a 9 to 5 job? Then you might prefer the idea of being your own boss. Entrepreneurs are highly sought-after by the South Australian Government, which has strong ties to China & India. In fact, Australia is so keen for entrepreneurs that the Federal Government has established its very own Entrepreneurs’ Programme that provides grants and other financial support, as well as expert advice. They even have a bunch of events that are run both online and in person across the country in metro, regional and rural areas.

Time to return home? This one’s for you…

If you’re missing your friends, culture and Mum’s home cooking, then it might be time to return to your roots. Here we’ve done a round-up of what the fastest growing industries are in some parts of the world.


You’d have to be living in a cave if you didn’t already know China is a global powerhouse these days. But even in the land of the dragon there are industries that are on a steep trajectory to the top. Here are just a few of them:

  • Internet services, with Internet users, online advertising, web portals and instant messaging increasing significantly every year. And if you ever wanted to develop an online game, now’s the time
  • Online shopping. Thanks largely to COVID, eCommerce platforms have grown exponentially and show no sign of slowing down. Online juggernaut Alibaba is leading the charge, selling everything from audio books to maternity clothes.
  • Medical device manufacturing. There’s nothing like a global pandemic to increase the production of all things medical. Think xray, ultrasound, MRI and laser machines, traditional Chinese medical equipment and cryotherapy apparatus.
  • Toll road operation (yes, it’s a thing). Driven by large Government investments, it’s thanks mainly to China’s growing expressway network. Car ownership and the expanding tourism sector will also play a part in this booming sector.


Make no bones about it, India is on course to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world. And it doesn’t look as though things are going to slow down anytime soon. With the country continuing its invest and innovate program, here’s what to look out for:

  • Engineering and manufacturing. Now arguably one of the biggest automotive manufacturers in the world, the Government has turned its focus to building a massive in-class manufacturing infrastructure.
  • Energy. At 1.35 billion, India has the second largest population in the world. That’s a lot of electricity. And with green energy being such a major player, the Government’s main focus has turned to renewable energy in a big way.
  • Digital innovation. With over 500 million Internet users, it’s small wonder this sector is on the rise - especially after the Government initiated the ‘Digital India’ campaign recently.


It looks like tech’s not going anywhere anytime soon, with the sector performing extremely well in Europe. Along with the e-commerce, healthcare and finance sectors, many companies in these industries have been listed by The Financial Times as being the best performing businesses for 2021 and beyond.

Want to know more about how to future-proof your career? Talk to your local IDP counsellor for assistance in Australian study or visa applications.

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