Hiring or job hunting? This app answers careers questions

Whether you’re hiring or job hunting, the revamped Occupation Outlook app makes it easier to find out key information about a career, including salary range and skills needed.

What you can find out

The Occupation Outlook app gives easy-to-use overviews of job demand, likely pay and what training you’ll need. This version covers 108 careers — up from 60 last year — or 90 per cent of the labour market.

The app features a new tool that matches occupations to skills that users have or want.

“We can now also make continual changes and updates to the content throughout the year, so we can keep it up-to-date and relevant,” says the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) project’s lead, Ben Wallace.

“So far, the app has been downloaded over 33,000 times, and we are confident we will get many more installs this year with the improved version.”

The Occupation Outlook app can be found in the App Store and on Google Play. Links to the stores are on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Occupation Outlook webpage.

Occupation Outlook(external link) - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

How to use it

Careers are grouped under sectors, eg Construction and Infrastructure, Creative Industries and Service Industries. Click on a career you’re interested in to find out:

  • how to start in the career
  • study costs and where to do it
  • licences you’ll need
  • qualifications you can earn 
  • employment prospects
  • income prospects 
  • employment and skills shortages
  • where to find work
  • possible career paths
  • similar careers.

How employers can use it

If you’re an employer or looking to become one, you can use the tool to check:

  • market pay rates for roles you want to fill 
  • demand for jobs by industry
  • skill shortages by industry 

Getting your employees to use it could be a great way to encourage them to see how they can develop their careers, eg qualifications they need or training they could do.

To add up the true costs of hiring a new employee — salary, recruitment and training — use our Employee Cost Calculator.

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