Report sheds light on jobs of the future and areas of economic growth
The emerging jobs of the future and the opportunities for Queensland’s science-driven industries to grow and thrive are identified in a new report commissioned by the Department of Environment and Science.
The report, titled A New Chapter: Opportunities to Seed New Industries for Queensland Over the Coming Decade, was developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, in collaboration with QUT’s Center for Future Enterprise and uses knowledge and current data to predict a set of nine industries development opportunities aligned with Queensland’s comparative advantages and scientific strengths.
Science Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the report would be a vital tool not only for industry looking for areas of opportunity, but also for universities and TAFE institutions looking to support the next generation of Australian workers. .
“This is where the demand for jobs will be over the next 10 to 20 years, the report suggests benchmarks for fields of study and vocational training,” said Minister Scanlon.
“This report shows where our scientific advantage can be harnessed and where opportunities for expansion and growth can be found.
“The Queensland government has a role to play in creating thriving ecosystems around every opportunity, among large and small businesses, investors, foreign players, entrepreneurs and research institutes.
“The Science and Technology Division of DES will work closely with other relevant Queensland government agencies to identify policies and programs that can support the opportunities identified and will continue to provide the government with advice on how these options and d others can support Queensland’s economic recovery. “
CSIRO Data61 co-author Dr Claire Naughtin said anticipating future global trends and needs has led to the identification of nine emerging knowledge-driven seed industries that have the potential for strong and sustained growth in the world. employment, if favorable ecosystems can be established for them.
The nine areas of growth are:
- Additive bioproduction: use of additive manufacturing processes for medical applications to deliver highly personalized body parts, scaffolds or medical devices
- AI-powered healthcare: Leverage the growing capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) and electronic medical records to improve health outcomes and system efficiency
- Green Metal Manufacturing: Creating New Value in Manufacturing and Mining by Leveraging the State’s Abundant Clean Energy and Mineral Resources
- Resource recovery technologies: transform existing waste streams into higher value-added products, divert waste from landfills and reduce demand for virgin materials
- Microalgae and Macroalgae Resources: Helping Solve Important Global Food, Water and Emissions Challenges Using Natural Resources and Local Expertise to Grow Algae
- Agricultural sensors and automation: application of robotics, sensors and other automation technologies to boost the productivity and global competitiveness of the agricultural sector
- Supply chain provenance technologies: Building trust and increasing the value of exports by using technologies to improve the traceability, transparency and authenticity of supply chains
- Disaster resilience and response technologies: translating existing capacities in robotics, autonomous systems and data analysis to improve disaster preparedness and resilience
- Construction technologies: reduce safety risks in the construction industry by using assistive technologies and optimizing automated off-site processing
“Each of these seed industries has been identified by exploring areas in Queensland where growing demand could be met by existing and emerging supply. We analyzed the existing data to determine how many potential businesses each industry could support in the future, ”said Dr Naughtin.
The report found that the agricultural sensors and automation sector alone is expected to create around 3,000 jobs in Queensland by 2030.
Queensland is already enjoying significant success in this area with ongoing projects including a successful collaboration between John Deere and the University of South Queensland which has led to the development of vision-based precision spray technology that will reduce costs and will improve environmental outcomes for agricultural businesses around the world.