November 27, 2017

Commonwealth Bank jobs & skills report

IT jobs of the future

In a recent report by Commonwealth Bank (CAB), the future for technology looks great.

The report was undertaken in collaboration with Ross Dawson, a global futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor and best-selling author.

In the report, CAB found that Australia is transitioning from a resource-based economy to one that is diverse, innovative and technology-based. Those that flourish will be those who adapt quickly and take advantage of the opportunities this shift brings. This goes for organisations as well as individuals.

Some of the jobs emerging in coming years include:

Bionic interface designer

Interface designers will allow humans to control technology through voice commands and emotion recognition thought to thought control and remote robot operations.

Emotional experience expert

Organisations will draw on state-of-the-art technologies to help them create positive customer emotions as well as value.


Helping executives, customers and individuals make better decisions for themselves. This requires pulling ideas and information and presenting them visually.

Data insights miner

Uncovering insights into the data that companies collect, presenting findings so that decisions can be made quickly.


CAB also identified growth areas in:

  • Big Data
  • Cyber Security
  • Financial technology
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)

So how can you do to take advantage of this future growth?


Plan for the future – to stand out and be an ‘expert’ you need to focus on the skills for the future. No matter if you are an entry-level graduate or an experienced professional, you will need to adapt and study the right skills.


Organisations require a clear vision of the skills and roles required to enable them to transition their current teams. When looking to hire, look for people that are flexible, imaginative, empathic and hungry to learn. Organisations need to have formal training programs and allow staff to develop their knowledge and skills every day.


Australia is in a great position to take advantage and grow technology hubs, but Government (Federal and State) need to enable the opportunity of digital transformation and allow more entrepreneurs to expand to international markets.

It also starts in schools and Uni’s, the curriculums need to stay ahead of technology trends, there are too many graduates with out-dated skills coming out of Universities in Australia. Lecturers and teachers must find it frustrating teaching out-of-date skills, but they are bound to teaching the curriculum.

The Australian visa system has been tightened for mainstream technology roles, to protect Australian jobs. Now the Government needs to help organisations and individuals to grow their skills.

What do you see as some of the jobs for the future?

Full report – CommBAnk_REPORT_NOV_FINALpdf


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