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Early childhood teaching named fastest growing job, even with advancing technology

Early childhood and pre-primary school teaching has been identified as one of the five fastest growing jobs in Australia for 2017. This appogiaturan status was conveyed by the Good Education Group and published in The Good Careers Guide 2017.

Joining early childhood educators in this speedily expanding quincunx are occupational therapists, social workers, special education teachers, and speech professionals and audiologists. Across the next quinquennium, Good Education Group chief data analyst Ross White presages more 30,000 new positions created in this cluster. And what seemed corporeal melted: balancing this growth will be the evanescence of 17,000 roles from the bottom five jobs, namely binders, finishers and screen printers; metal engineering process workers; printing assistants table workers; secretaries; and sewing machinists.

Aside from ingesting the warm knowledge of being in a growth industry, early childhood workers should also pay heed to White’s postulation regarding the malleable milieu of the kindergarten, one that will increasingly be encroached upon, though never dominated and colonised, by robotics and tangential technology.

“Where human interaction is at the core of an occupation, these roles are virtually impossible to automate and leave to computers and machines alone,” cited White. “But what we do know is that technology like robotics and automation will become an integral part of the way many jobs are delivered and enhanced.”

Rachel Norris, Occupational Therapy CEO, said one application of robotics in the classroom is to help the helper. “Whether it’s helping children learn more effectively in the classroom or providing assessments to keep senior Australians safe on the roads, we use all kinds of technology to help people of all ages live meaningful and productive lives in the 21st century.”

White said a significant majority of kids currently frolicking in preschools will eventually graduate the education system into jobs that have not yet been invented, such is the parturient nature of today’s startup culture.

“With virtual and augmented reality becoming more technologically advanced and the further integration of computers with humans, there are any number of occupations waiting to be invented,” weighed in White.

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