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Improving your skills and qualifications related to laboratory skills could be your gateway into a new career in the health, science, and construction.
October 20, 2017

If you’re not sure about your career step, you’re not alone. As technology changes, so do roles across all industries. Earlier this year, AlphaBeta estimated AI and task automation outcomes within the next 30 years, and its effect across industries. Construction and mining labourers have an unsettling 86% of tasks going to the machines. At the other end of the scale, laboratory technicians only lost 29% of tasks to the robots!

Improving your skills and qualifications related to laboratory skills could be your gateway into a new career in the health, science, and even construction industries. These sectors have some of the largest employment and growth areas in the state, and moving toward them could be the smartest move to support your five (or 30) year plan.

According to the most recent statistics released by the ABS, construction is now the third largest employment sector in Queensland, right after health and retail. In the third quarter, construction growth grew by 9.7 percentage points, outstripping the national average of 4.8. This indicates it’s an ideal time to upskill in related areas, including construction materials testing.

“If you’re based in Queensland, you’ll be pleased to know the labour market has been recovering since April and your opportunities on SEEK grew by 20.3% year-on-year in August.” – SEEK 2017


A highlight from SEEK’s Brisbane Salary Spotlight, September 2017

What is construction materials testing?

Working within the construction sector, a Construction Materials Tester could be responsible for determining properties of the minerals on site and their suitability for the project. Is it clay, silt, sand, gravel, or a combination? Getting the literal ‘groundwork’ right is key to mitigating risks in construction and the long-term viability of a project.

Which industries are growing right now?

One of Australia’s largest employment websites, SEEK, recently released statistics showing advertised job openings in materials sciences have grown by 40%, with relatively low competition for positions.

The skills you need to find work in QLD

You can build skills in Construction Materials Testing with LTT; we offer the Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (MSL40116) and the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL50116) at our training centre in South Brisbane.

“Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” – Oscar Wilde

Keen to start training with LTT in Queensland? A certificate IV qualification is carried out two days per week for 21 weeks, and a diploma is 28 weeks.

Enrol to start 30 October 2017
Enrol to start 22 February 2017