Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 398. Updated Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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STEM jobs sprouting

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a report showing that jobs such as scientists, ICT professionals and engineers, grew about 1.5 times the rate of other jobs in recent years.

ABS spokesman Kerry O'Brien said the number of people in jobs commonly held by workers with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualifications grew by 14 per cent between 2006 and 2011, compared with only nine per cent growth for other jobs.

"Many people have caught on with the trend, with around 2.1 million workers in Australia having STEM qualifications in 2010-11,'' he said..

ABS reports big growth

"People with these qualifications make up around 18 per cent of the Australian workforce and of these 2.1 million, around three quarters said that their STEM qualification was relevant to their work."

The jobs that showed the highest growth between 2006 and 2011 were design, engineering, science and transport professionals (23 per cent) (predominantly engineers and scientists), and ICT professionals (19 per cent).

"For those workers with university level STEM qualifications, 75 per cent were employed in higher skill jobs such as professionals or managers,'' Mr O'Brien said.

"However, those with vocational level STEM qualifications fared differently, with 41 per cent working as technicians and trades workers and 25 per cent working as managers or professionals," said Mr O'Brien.

To view the report go to this PS News link.

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