Government opens up on career prospects

Last updated 13:23 12/02/2013

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Training as an engineering professional, ICT business and systems analyst, electrician or nurse offers the greatest job prospects according to a new government report.

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said students and parents would be able to make more informed career and study choices using a new Occupation Outlook report issued by the Business, Innovation and Employment Ministry (MoBIE).

The report provides a snapshot of the state of 40 of New Zealand's most common occupations and their likely employment prospects.

"There has been a shortage of readily available demand-side information on the short-to-medium term outlook for occupations in New Zealand," Joyce said.

"The Occupation Outlook report addresses those information gaps."

It was developed by MoBIE in collaboration with Careers New Zealand with information from businesses and industries, and a range of other stakeholders.

"The report will be helpful for young people wanting to make more-informed career choices," he said.

"Used well, it will lessen the likelihood of people ending up in jobs poorly matched to their skills and qualifications. It will also be a great resource for their parents, employers, training organisations, tertiary institutes and careers advisers."

The report comprises two-page summaries on 40 occupations and includes information on the career path and income prospects of that particular occupation, what skills and qualifications are needed, registration and licensing requirements, and which tertiary institutes and ITOs provide the prerequisite study courses and required training.

The 40 key occupations were chosen for a range of factors, including their size, popularity, and potential for future growth.

There are three dials for each report that indicate likely income, fees and job prospects for young people entering the occupation.

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