Accommodation and food sector set for jobs growth
LIKE death and taxes, some things in life are certainties.
We all need to eat, lest one of the two aforementioned certainties arrive much sooner than we'd like.
That bleedingly obvious assertion gives rise to one perhaps a little more useful - finding a career in an industry that provides goods or a service for which there will be open-ended and ongoing demand can mean a long, secure and prosperous career.
Since we all need to eat, the strong historic and forecast growth in the food services sector makes perfect sense.
In data compiled the combined Accommodation and Food Services industry sector accounts for 6.8% of Australia's workforce, having added 81,700 new jobs in the five years to November 2012.
The strong growth is expected to continue through to 2017, with a further 8.5% growth, or 66,800 new jobs.
Which is particularly good news for young job seekers.
The Accommodation and Food Services sector has the youngest age profile of any industry, with the lowest proportion of workers aged 45 or older, and the highest proportion in the 15 to 24-year-old bracket.
Those workers are more likely to be employed part-time than in other industries, almost two-thirds do not hold post-school qualifications - the largely part-time nature of the industry however does mean many workers are able to comfortably balance work with further study.
High job growth doesn't necessarily mean jobs are easy to come by.
Take, as a subset, waiters. As far as subsets go, it's a large one, employing around 115,000 people.
Staff turnover is high, which results in a large number of job openings.
However, with high turnover, there are large numbers of workers applying for advertised positions.
In a role where previous experience is highly valued, this can leave those new to the industry struggling to find work, despite the high volume of advertised positions.
If you're looking to enter the industry, don't try to do it based only on your charms and charisma.
Spend the time and money to complete appropriate training - a Responsible Service of Alcohol course is a great start - and you'll make yourself a much more attractive prospect.