The hottest careers for 2014

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This year's hottest career opportunities are in construction, engineering, information and communications technology (ICT), science and the primary sector, according to an annual report aimed at young career seekers.

Releasing the 2014 Occupation Outlook - the second year the report has been produced - Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said said there was strong demand in all skilled occupations, as the economy recovered.

This year's report included a special feature on careers in the STEM occupations.

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are increasingly important for growing and sustaining New Zealand’s economic competitiveness.

"They underpin the development of new technologies and new, high-value products, and can lead to a wide range of interesting careers,” Joyce said.

“Job opportunities based on STEM subjects are increasing, and this is expected to continue.”

Some of the fastest job growth is expected in the ICT sector. There the biggest increase in demand is predicted to be for database and systems administrators, with employment growing at an annual average of 3.6 per cent between 2011 and 2016, and at 3 per cent annually between 2016 and 2021.

In a special feature on construction, the report said employment in the construction and utilities industry was forecast to grow at 2.6 per cent a year between 2011 and 2016, compared to total employment growth of 1.6 per cent. No other major industry group was expected to grow so fast.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's construction report had noted sharp increases in construction employment in Canterbury, and strength in heavy and civil engineering in Auckland, the report said. House building was also expected to increase in Auckland.

Growth in infrastructure work could pick up rapidly around 2016, when Auckland's western ring route, the Tauranga eastern link, Wellington's northern corridor and the Waikato expressway would all be under way.

"Despite the increase in demand, supply of skilled construction workers has been only slowly increasing," the report said.

Even with its bullishness on construction opportunities, it rated job prospects for architects and landscape architects, as well as for plumbers, as only fair on a three point scale: limited, fair or good.

Careers considered to have only limited opportunities were journalists, firefighters, actors, and pilots and air traffic controllers.

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