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The 50 Most In-Demand Jobs for Skilled Professionals Australia in 2021


The following sectors have been listed by the Australian labour market that are going to be in high demand until 2023: 

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (252,600 jobs by 2023)
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (172,400 jobs by 2023)
  • Education and Training (113,700 jobs by 2023)
  • Construction (118,800 jobs by 2023)

With over 200 occupations listed on the Skilled Migration list, we have chosen the top 50 most in-demand jobs in Australia based on the Occupation ceilings updated by the government recently. 

Understand how you can use this to  your advantage and learn about the ways to migrate to Australia as a skilled professional in this read.

What are Occupation Ceilings?

An Occupation Ceiling is the restriction on the amount of Expression of Interest (EOI) or invites issued by the Australian Government for a specific occupation group. 

This establishes uniformity among the different occupations made available to skilled professionals.

Until the next year, no additional invitations will be sent for the occupation group that has exceeded the limit.

Note: Ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated Occupation, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Australia’s Top 50 Jobs in Demand in 2020-21

Rank
Job In demand
Occupation ID
Occupation Ceiling 2020-21

1

Registered Nurses

2544

17,859

2

Secondary School Teachers

2414

8,716

3

Software and Applications Programmers

2613

8,405

4

Electricians

3411

8,021

5

Construction Managers

1331

7,145

6

Carpenters and Joiners

3312

6,812

7

Metal Fitters and Machinists

3232

6,335

8

Plumbers

3341

5,861

9

Motor Mechanics

3212

5,205

10

University Lecturers and Tutors

2421

5,042

11

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers

3223

4,866

12

Solicitors

2713

4,535

13

Management consultants

2247

4,526

14

General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers

2531

4,257

15

Other Specialist Managers

1399

4,188

16

Civil Engineering Professionals

2332

3,919

17

Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers

2411

3,321

18

Painting Trades Workers

3322

3,303

19

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

2335

2,682

20

Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists

2621

2,667

21

ICT Business and Systems Analysts

2611

2,273

22

Chefs

3513

2,256

23

Computer Network Professionals

2631

2,245

24

Electronics Trades Workers

3423

2,047

25

Social Workers

2725

1,862

26

Special Education Teachers

2415

1,721

27

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

3311

1,712

28

Cabinetmakers

3941

1,694

29

Physiotherapists

2525

1,685

30

Health and Welfare Services Managers

1342

1,666

31

Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers

2212

1,619

32

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

3421

1,581

33

Psychologists

2723

1,545

34

Medical Laboratory Scientists

2346

1,536

35

Engineering Managers

1332

1,474

36

Occupational Therapists

2524

1,461

37

Architects and Landscape Architects

2321

1,452

38

Plasterers

3332

1,452

39

Electrical Engineers

2333

1,348

40

Midwives

2541

1,333

41

Environmental Scientists

2343

1,295

42

Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials

4523

1,262

43

Animal Attendants and Trainers

3611

1,239

44

Other Medical Practitioners

2539

1,168

45

Medical Imaging Professionals

2512

1,161

46

Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

2349

1,056

47

Accountants

2211

1,000

48

Wall and Floor Tilers

3334

1,000

49

Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters

2121

1,000

50

Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers

2111

1,000

 

The Australian Skilled Migration program is the best pathway for a work visa to obtain employment in the country.

Covid-19 Impact Opens News Doors for Skilled Migrant Workers

To recover from the COVID-19 Impact on Australia’s economy, the government has announced 17 occupations to fill critical skills needs list, offering priority processing to Employer sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL. Travel exemptions will be given to  temporary visa holders.

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  1. Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  2. Construction Project Manager (133111)
  3. Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  4. General Practitioner (253111)
  5. Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  6. Psychiatrist (253411)
  7. Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
  8. Midwife (254111)
  9. Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  10. Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  11. Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  12. Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  13. Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  14. Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  15. Developer Programmer (261312)
  16. Software Engineer (261313)
  17. Maintenance Planner (312911)

Priority processing on PMSOL applies to these employer sponsored visa subclasses:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482)​
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa (subclass 186)​ 
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa (subclass 187)

Other occupations on the skilled migration list 2020-21

Job Category
Occupation ID
Occupation Ceiling  2020-21

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

2241

1,000

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists

2341

1,000

Automotive Electricians

3211

1,000

Barristers

2711

1,000

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

3991

1,000

Cartographers and Surveyors

2322

1,000

Chemical and Materials Engineers

2331

1,000

Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists

2342

1,000

Child Care Centre Managers

1341

1,000

Chiropractors and Osteopaths

2521

1,000

Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

3122

1,000

Economists

2243

1,000

Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

3422

1,000

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

3123

1,000

Electronics Engineers

2334

1,000

Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists

2344

1,000

Glaziers

3331

1,000

Internal Medicine Specialists

2533

1,000

Land Economists and Values

2245

1,000

Life Scientists

2345

1,000

Mining Engineers

2336

1,000

Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers

2612

1,000

Music Professionals

2112

1,000

Optometrists and Orthoptists

2514

1,000

Other Engineering Professionals

2339

1,000

Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals

2519

1,000

Panel beaters

3241

1,000

Podiatrists

2526

1,000

Precision Metal Trades Workers

3233

1,000

Psychiatrists

2534

1,000

Sheetmetal Trades Workers

3222

1,000

Speech Professionals and Audiologists

2527

1,000

Sportspersons

4524

1,000

Surgeons

2535

1,000

Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

2633

1,000

Telecommunications Technical Specialists

3132

1,000

Veterinarians

2347

1,000


Different Programs for Skilled Australia Immigration

  • Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190) 

The aspiring skilled migrants can opt for the Skilled Nominated program if they already have a job offer. You need to look out for a job in Australia. 

  • Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)

You can immigrate to Australia as a skilled independent. You don’t need the sponsorship of an employer, state, or family members.

Eligibility Requirements for Skilled Independent Visa in Australia

You need to score more than 65 points in 100. 

Points are allotted basis your:

    • Age: You need to be 18 to 45 years old to apply for this program.
    • Education: The authorities prefer you if you have a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, or Ph.D. 
    • Work experience: You should have at least one year of experience in your occupation.
    • Linguistic abilities: You need to prove English language proficiency. 
    • Health Certificate
    • Good conduct certificate

How to Apply for Professional Skilled Migration to Australia?

Step 1: Accreditation 

Based on your occupation type, educational qualifications and work experience, an accrediting body determines if the same meets the Australian standards. 

Once approved, you receive a letter of accreditation. Different occupations have different accrediting bodies. You may receive the decision within 2 to 3 months.

Step 2: English Language Test

You must score  a minimum of 6 out of 9 on each 4 language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening in your IELTS exam.

Step 3: EOI and ITA

With an Expression of Interest (EOI), you must apply for the visa via SkillSelect.

The Australian Government must invite you to apply for the skilled visa. You can do this by placing an Expression of Interest under SkillSelect

Step 4: State Nomination Application

If your occupation is in-demand in a particular state, you can apply for the nomination of a state government. You may receive your nomination results in 1 to 4 weeks of application.

Step 5: Online Visa Application

Your application must include certified copies of your professional and work experience documents, certified translations, and other formal documents.

Step 6: Medical Exams and Police Certificates

Only undertake a medical examination by a local doctor who is registered with the Australian Embassy.

You will also be expected to provide a police certificate clearance stating that you have lived there for 12 months in the country over the last ten years. 

Costs Involved

Fees Category

Fees in AUD

Primary Applicant

4,045

Dependent above 18 years

2,020

Dependent below 18 years

1,015

State Sponsorship (If applicable)

298.44

Medical Test Fees

29.57 to 98.55

Visa Label Fees

69.68

 

What is Australia PR Visa Processing Time in 2021?

The process takes 9 to 12 months to complete.

Other Important FAQs

What is the short-term skilled occupation list in Australia?

Known as STSOL in short, the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List includes a set of occupations due to skills shortage. The STSOL is determined by the Department of Employment and the Department of Home Affairs keeping in mind the employment growth factor. This list is reviewed every 6 months.

Which higher education courses are offered for international students in Australia?

Here are the top 10 courses available to international students coming to Australia:

  • Architecture
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Core Engineering
  • Earth Sciences
  • Computer Science & IT
  • Psychology
  • Tourism & Hospitality

Is the University of Western Australia a good choice for international students?

Perth is a popular destination for international students. The University of Western Australia offers an excellent study environment for students. This university is located in one of the world’s most populous time zones shared with 30% of the global population.

How is the demand for skilled professionals in Australia?

Australia has faced a growing hard skills shortage in several industries over the past few years. Eligible skilled occupations in high demand are assessed by job growth in the labour market.

Currently, there’s a shortage of healthcare professionals, construction workers and in the education sector.

How do I undertake a skills assessment test in Australia?

Getting a skills assessment in Australia is a two-step process.

  • Contact the relevant skills assessment authority for your occupation.
  • Receive your assessment and provide a scanned copy with your application.

What is the Northern Territory nomination program in Australia?

The Northern Territory in Australia offers employment opportunities to highly qualified workers who are abreast of  the technological change. The NT nomination program endorses professionals and skilled tradespeople to live and work in the regional Australian region.

Conclusion: 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) classifies occupations according to five skill levels. Each of the skill levels corresponds to education or formal work experience in the field. 

Employment growth projection up to 2024: 

Australian Employment  growth Projection chart up to 2024

  • Skill level 1 occupations with Bachelor degree or higher qualification (up by 484,600 or 11.8 per cent) 
  • Skill level 2 occupations with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (83,400 or 8.1 per cent) 
  • Skill level 4 occupations with Certificate I or secondary education (276,000 or 8.1 per cent) 
  • Over 5 million jobs created through this turnover each year.

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