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Digital jobs growth set to skyrocket in Australia

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Australia's digital economy is set to explode over the next few years, thanks to new waves of technological development and jobs, according to a new report.

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The contribution of digital technologies to the economy is forecast to jump 76 percent to $139 billion in 2020 from $79 billion in 2014, according to report, prepared for the Australian Computer Society by Deloitte Access Economics.

As a result, the digital economy will account for seven percent of Australia's gross domestic product from five percent over the same period.

Existing technologies, including cloud services, social media and mobile devices will see growing uses in new industries and jobs, according to the report.

"But a potentially larger source of future digital disruption will be the new technologies that are now emerging and their potential for commercial applications in the future - such as 3D printing in manufacturing, drones in the construction industry and driverless vehicles on mining sites," the report states.

Jobs will be created at a greater rate within the information and communications technology sector than the broader workforce, with the ICT workforce forecast to grow two percent annually from 628,800 in 2015 to 695,000 by 2020.

That compares to 1.4 percent growth for the broader workforce over the same period, according to the report.

ICT - or information and communications technology - employment growth is forecast to be the strongest in the largest two ICT occupation groupings: ICT management and operations and ICT technical and professional.

The two will account for 75 percent of the total jobs growth forecast.

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