Knowing which industries are growing in South Australia could increase your chances of getting a job.

South Australia is an economy in transition. The changing industry structure driven by factors such as foreign competition, automation, and an ageing population is resulting in the need for fewer of some workers but more of others. Knowing which industries are growing in South Australia could increase your chances of getting a job in the new economy that is emerging.

Over the past 10 years, most of the State’s employment growth has occurred in the following industries:

  • health care and social assistance (up 38,800 or by 40.7%)
  • construction (up 11,000 or by 20.1%)
  • education and training (up 10,000 or by 18.7%)
  • professional, scientific and technical services (up 9,000 or by 21.3%)
  • accommodation and food services (up 8,700 or by 18.7%)
  • transport, postal and warehousing (up 6,800 or by 19.4%)
  • administrative and support services (up 5,300 or by 20.2%)
  • arts and recreation services (up 5,000 or by 48.7%)
  • public administration and safety (up 3,000 or by 5.7%).

Service-based sectors have outperformed production sectors such as manufacturing over the past decade in South Australia. The growth of services that rely on a high degree of expertise and training is likely to continue in the future as the South Australian economy develops and grows.

Industries expecting job growth in South Australia

Health care and social assistance

The State’s ageing population and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will place greater demands on the health care and social assistance industry, supporting diverse job opportunities for skilled people in the State.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • generalist medical practitioners
  • medical imaging professionals
  • ambulance officers and paramedics
  • aged and disabled carers
  • registered and enrolled nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • psychologists
  • dental practitioners and assistants
  • nursing support and personal care workers
  • welfare support workers
  • midwives
  • medical technicians
  • child carers.

If you’re interested in working in the growing disability sector, connect with your local Disability Workforce Hub on 1800 619 933.

Education and training

South Australia continues to attract international students, and locals have become increasingly dependent on the education and training industry in preparing to participate in the new economy that is emerging. As a result, there is an increased demand for qualified workers in the education and training industry.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • early childhood (pre-primary school) teachers
  • primary and secondary school teachers
  • special education teachers
  • university lecturers and tutors
  • VET sector lecturers and teachers
  • education aides
  • private tutors and teachers
  • counsellors
  • education advisers and reviewer
  • teachers of english to speakers of other languages.


This industry will continue to support the housing, engineering, and commercial construction needs of a growing and changing population and business community, as well as a government looking to invest in projects that will support the growth and development of the State’s economy.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • electricians
  • carpenters and joiners
  • plumbers
  • painting trades workers
  • architectural, building and surveying technicians
  • plasterers
  • wall and floor tilers
  • gardeners
  • bricklayers and stonemasons
  • structural steel and welding trades workers
  • airconditioning and refrigeration mechanics.

Professional, scientific and technical services

These services will become increasingly important as the South Australian economy continues to develop and advance, and adjust towards services that rely on a high degree of expertise and training.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • accountants
  • solicitors
  • software and applications programmers
  • graphic and web designers, and illustrators
  • management and organisation analysts
  • civil engineering professionals
  • architects and landscape architects
  • ICT support technicians
  • veterinarians and veterinary nurses
  • architectural, building and surveying technicians
  • advertising and marketing professionals
  • photographers
  • computer network professionals.


Government investment in major defence projects will provide opportunities for a variety of highly skilled workers in South Australia in the decades to come.

Jobs in this industry include:

  • chemical and materials engineers
  • electrical engineers
  • electronics engineers
  • industrial, mechanical and production engineers
  • naval architects
  • electrical engineering draftspersons and technicians
  • electronic engineering draftspersons and technicians
  • mechanical engineering draftspersons and technicians
  • boat builders and shipwrights
  • metal fitters and machinists
  • structural steel and welding trades workers
  • metal casting, forging, and finishing trades
  • electronics trades workers
  • electricians
  • airconditioning and refrigeration mechanics
  • painting trades workers
  • carpenters and joiners
  • sheetmetal trades workers.

For more information on any of these industries and the skills they require, see search for careers and industries.

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