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Which occupations are in demand in Australia in 2020?

Posted on December 17, 2019
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Australia is one of the most sought-after destinations for skilled immigrants looking at lucrative jobs opportunities overseas. If you are thinking of moving to Australia as a skilled foreign worker somewhere in the near future, knowing as to which occupations are in demand in Australia in 2020 can help you in taking the call, so to speak.

A good standard of living, impressive employment potential, great locales, and a generally laid-back attitude to life at large – there is indeed much that Australia has to offer to attract people from all over the world.

The Australian government’s Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business produces a quarterly publication – the Australian Labour Market Update – that assists in gaining an understanding of the labour market for all those, especially migrants, that are seeking jobs in Australia.

As per the Australian Labour Market Update published October 2019, within the year leading to August 2019, area-wise the strongest employment growth in terms of perceivable trends were reported in –

Strongest employment growth in the 12 months to August 2019
Victoria 3.2%
New South Wales (NSW) 2.9%
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 2.6%

Growth and employment opportunities varied from industry to industry.

Industry-wise employment trend stood at –

Australian government’s Labour

As per the Australian government’s Labour Market Information Portal, “Employment is projected to increase in 16 of the 19 broad industries over the five years to May 2024.”

Interestingly, 4 industries are projected to be responsible for over 3/5th or about 62.1% of the total employment growth in Australia in the 5 years leading to May 2024.

As per the Labour Market Information Portal, Health Care and Social Assistance is believed to register the highest employment growth.

Employment growth estimated over the 5 years to May 2024 in these 4 main industries is –

Industry Increase by
Health Care and Social Assistance 252,600
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 172,400
Education and Training 129,300
Construction 113,700

Every year, the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business produces employment projections for the following 5-year period.

Based on the “Occupation Ceilings” on the occupation groups for the 2019-20 program year, the occupations in demand in Australia in 2020 can be said to be the following

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Code Description Occupational Ceiling 2019-20
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 8,748
3411 Electricians 8,624
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 8,536
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,052
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 7,007
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,399
1213 Livestock Farmers 5,934
2247 Management consultant 5,269
3341 Plumbers 5,060
1331 Construction Managers 4,983
2713 Solicitors 4,650
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4,071
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3,983
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,772
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,550
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 3,407
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,330
1399 Other Specialist Managers 3,044
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,887
2211 Accountants 2,746
3513 Chefs 2,738
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 2,587
2631 Computer Network Professionals 2,553
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,294
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 2,171
2725 Social Workers 2,128
3941 Cabinetmakers 2,112
3332 Plasterers 2,100
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,851
2723 Psychologists 1,832
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,785
2525 Physiotherapists 1,784
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,682
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,610
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 1,600
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 1,552
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,505
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,472
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1,313
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,250
2541 Midwives 1,218
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,203
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,111
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,098
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,082
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,051
1332 Engineering Managers 1,000
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000
2112 Music Professionals 1,000
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000
2243 Economists 1,000
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,000
2334 Electronics Engineers 1,000
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 1,000
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000
2345 Life Scientists 1,000
2347 Veterinarians 1,000
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000
2526 Podiatrists 1,000
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000
2535 Surgeons 1,000
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000
2711 Barristers 1,000
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000
3331 Glaziers 1,000
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000
4524 Sportspersons 1,000

By an “occupational ceiling” is meant a limit on the total number of Expression of Interests (EOIs) that can be selected for skilled migration from any particular occupation group.

Once the occupation limit is reached for any specific occupation, no further invitations will be received for the same for that program year.

In such a scenario of the occupation ceiling being reached, invitations will then be alternatively issued to those interested in migrating to Australia from other occupations groups even if they have a low ranking on the score calculator.

From the above-mentioned table it can be seen that for the 2019-20 program year, the maximum number of places have been allocated to Registered Nurses, followed by Software and Applications Programmers, and Electricians.

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