The six essential jobs that weren’t around a decade ago, with decent pay too


TEN years ago, when Barack Obama became the first African-American US president, then-prime minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generation, and ‘Britney Spears’ was the most commonly searched term on Yahoo – these six jobs did not exist.

Cloud architect, data scientist, SEO specialist, digital marketing specialist, user experience designer and content creator are job titles that simply had not been heard of a decade ago, with SEO specialist the first to register in 2009 on SEEK.

The online jobs board has revealed the six roles are now essential to business operations but had not been heard of in 2008, and all, perhaps unsurprisingly, are related to the rise of digital technology.

The SEEK data shows cloud architect is now the most lucrative of the six, with 88 per cent of workers earning more than $120,000 a year.

It also has provided the most new opportunities in the past year, with the number of job advertisements growing by 86.4 per cent in the 12 months to May, 2018.

These IT specialists are responsible for planning, designing, managing and monitoring information stored over the internet, rather than on a computer hard drive.

IBISWorld reports the data storage services industry is one of its five ‘Jobs of the Future’, set to add the most jobs to the economy in the next five years.

Senior industry analyst William McGregor says the completion of the National Broadband Network rollout is expected to provide a massive boost to the industry.

“The industry will require more skilled employees to meet rising demand for cloud computing, Internet of Things, and machine learning solutions,” he says.

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