3 of the Top Emerging Jobs in Australia 2020

Employment giant LinkedIn recently released a report which focused on the Top 15 emerging roles here in Australia for 2020, which have experienced optimum growth over the last five years. Not all of those included were brand new roles, but rather ones that have progressed and experienced rapid evolution in recent times. Many of these roles lie within the technology and engineering sectors, and as a business that is focused on recruitment within the STEM markets, we thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at three roles that caught our attention. Business Manager Kate Tesser gives her insights on these below.

1)    Cybersecurity Specialist
Cybersecurity gained a lot of momentum in 2019, particularly here in Australia where we saw a number of cybersecurity threats and data breaches which led to various changes in legislation. With this in mind, it makes sense that a number of roles have opened up and increased in popularity within the cybersecurity space. One such role is that of a Cybersecurity specialist. Whilst the title is pretty broad, the role primarily focuses on keeping computer information systems private and secure. With cyber-crime on the rise, the role of the cybersecurity specialist is more important than ever, with there being a near-constant stream of viruses, hackers, malware and so on to protect organisations from.

The Australian government has really started to invest in this area. It went as far as to invest $230 million into implementing a cybersecurity plan in 2016. A Cybersecurity Specialist is a multi-faceted role that is relevant in a number of different disciplines, from the more predictable ones such as IT and Computer Security to ones you may be surprised by such as Higher Education and Accountancy. Certain skills that are necessary for such a role may include but are not limited to; Information Security, Penetration Testing and Splunk. In terms of qualifications and training, most successful candidates need to be educated to degree level in a STEM-related subject. Alternatively, some candidates undertake apprenticeships which ensure they receive adequate training and possible qualifications along the way. 

Interested in becoming a cybersecurity specialist? Speak to our cybersecurity consultant Rachael Mayne

2)    Anti-Money Laundering Specialist
As money laundering has become somewhat of a common concern in modern times, so do have roles associated with this. These are essentially financial professionals who are highly knowledgeable of the anti-money laundering law in relation to their jurisdiction. They are also involved in the training of employees in recognizing and reporting fraud and the creation and implementation of compliance policies. Australia, in particular, has really clamped down on money laundering, with the implementation of new antimony laundering rules in 2018 which expanded the power of the financial intelligence agency here and the reporting requirements for businesses. Due to stricter regulations such as these surrounding compliance, teamed with the increase in this kind of crime, it’s little wonder that an anti-money laundering specialist has become an in-demand role in 2020.
Given that it is such a new title, there is clearly no set career path or distinct educational qualifications specifically needed to become an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. However, certain skills that are needed include Fraud Investigations, Risk Management and Know Your Customer (KYC). Anti-Money Laundering Specialists work in industries such as Financial Services, Technology, Human Resources, and Management Consulting. There are also certain courses and accreditations which are focused particularly on this area – such as the CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist) Certification. This was a concept conceived by the ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering in order to set a sort of international standard to test the knowledge of those working or interested in working as an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Interested in finding out more about Anti-Money Laundering Specialist roles on the market? Please speak to our Automation, Data and AI Consultant Mark Montgomery.

3)    Full Stack Engineer
One job which encompasses a lot of areas is that of a Full Stack Engineer. This is a role that involves a mix of front-end web development and software development. As it is a very versatile role and they tend to be an expert in project management, these type of professionals are in hot demand in 2020.  Full Stack Engineers are an invaluable asset on the technological side of things, making it a popular emerging role across a variety of industries such as IT, Marketing and Advertising and Higher Education. The key skills needed for such a position include React.js, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and JavaScript. While Full Stack Engineers have been around for quite some time, they remain a popular role within organisations, but such professionals need to keep up to date with relevant skills for the role as they are consistently evolving and changing. Those who keep up to date will be ahead of the game when it comes to candidate selection.

Full stack engineering roles can vary greatly from one organisation to another, and even from project to project. However, in general, somebody who assesses and articulates technology well, has a passion for learning and developing new skills consistently and enjoys driving change and new methods of innovation would fit the role well. Sometimes, people get confused between a Full Stack Engineer and Full Stack Developer. There actually isn’t too much difference between the two, however, an engineer should have more of a knowledge of the actual architecture and design than a developer. Another way of looking at it is that a developer usually focuses on one area or environment, whereas an engineer is more focused on the bigger picture.

Interested in finding out more about Full Stack Engineer roles on the market? Please speak to our Software Development Consultant James Dolan.

The above three roles are just some which we found interesting from LinkedIn’s recent report. The roles selected for this report are often indicative of industry trends or shifts in the society which have caused such roles to be in demand. At Progressive Recruitment, we recruit for roles like these or similar. If you’re looking for your next career move in 2020, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at the below contact details.


Kate Tesser

[email protected]   

+61 (0) 2 9285 1000


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