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Aussie start-ups are creating brand new jobs that haven't existed until now

Aussie start-ups are creating brand new jobs that haven't existed until now
Australian start-ups are not only responsible for thousands of new jobs every year, they are creating new career paths that have never before existed, a new report has found.
Data from the latest Talent Snapshot report from StartupAus estimates more than 6500 jobs were generated by start-ups in 2018, with this number set to rise.
"Start-ups are becoming an increasingly important source of employment, but they are also employing in occupations that are really new," Alex Gruszka, author of the report told nine.com.au.
Alex Gruszka at the official launch of the Talent Snapshot today at the University of Technology Sydney. (StartupAus)
"In Australia we haven't had a strong tech industry for very long, so we don't have that spill-over from big tech companies like Microsoft or Google who are looking for their next exciting journey in tech.
"But the other thing is that a lot of the fields are just so new. Some of the jobs people are looking for don't even exist yet."
Mr Gruszka said employers are looking for a combination of skills that make the candidate's expertise unique.
"I was assisting an employer recently who wanted a machine learning specialist who also has experience in journal article writing - it's super niche," he said.
"I mean who thought that someone's expertise in batteries, who also know things about cars would be useful but here we are."
Gruszka says a combination of niche expertise it what employers of startups are looking for. (AP/AAP)
Mr Gruszka said for start-ups to continue to generate jobs domestically, immigration and access fast and flexible visas are important, as is an education system that is up-to-date with technology and a high density of start-ups.
He also said the jobs market is more competitive than ever, with traditional industries tapping into the talent pool of candidates with skills in tech and other developing fields.
"Traditional industry is waking up to the value of these roles. Suddenly niche roles that are exclusive to the tech sector are being head hunted by more traditional industries," he said.
"Absolutely there is a shift. More traditional white-collar position will require a basic understanding of coding and there'll need to be more technical inputs into the skills base for those jobs."
Mr Gruszka the best thing people entering the workforce can do to 'future proof themselves' is not to feel future proof at all. 
"We need to commit ourselves to the fact that we need to be open to life-long learning opposed to thinking we already know everything," he said.