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Which occupations are in demand in Australia in 2021?

Posted on November 28, 2020
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Australia occupations in demand 2021

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 2021 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 job outlook for 2021 indicates that there will be a demand for workers in the following sectors:

Healthcare industry

The healthcare industry in Australia has had the biggest increase and growth in 5 years, and this is expected to continue in 2021. The occupations that are the most in demand in this sector are registered nurses, nursing support workers, disabled and aged care givers, personal care workers and receptionists.

Software industry
There will be openings for software developers who have skills in the areas of user experience, mobile design, front end and full stack development.
Trades and construction industry

There will be a demand for professionals such as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, and joiners. There is also a demand for non-skilled workers as well.

 Education sector

There will be job openings for teachers in secondary schools more so in the regional parts of the country. This is the reason it ranks high in the occupation ceilings list.

 Management professionals

Professionals in marketing, advertising and accounting will be in demand. Skilled professionals in these occupations have a better chance.

Automotive and engineering trades sector

Professionals such as motor mechanics, automotive electricians, automatic transmission mechanics, automotive air-conditioning mechanics will be in demand. Those skilled in various engineering trades such as sheet metal workers, panel beaters, welders, fitters and metal fabricators, will be required across various states in Australia.

Engineering sector

There will be a demand for engineers from various fields. This will include mechanical, industrial, electronics, transport and electrical engineers.

Farming sector

There will always be a demand for temporary workers in farms for tasks such as crop picking, and there are also opportunities for highly skilled agricultural workers.

Based on the “Occupation Ceilings” on the occupation groups for the 2020-21 program year, the occupations in demand in Australia in 2021 can be said to be the following –

Rank
Job Category
Occupation ID
Occupation Ceiling 2020-21
Change From 2019
1 Registered Nurses 2544 17,859 350
2 Secondary School Teachers 2414 8,716 664
3 Software and Applications Programmers 2613 8,405 -343
4 Electricians 3411 8,021 -603
5 Construction Managers 1331 7,145 2,162
6 Carpenters and Joiners 3312 6,812 -1,724
7 Metal Fitters and Machinists 3232 6,335 -672
8 Plumbers 3341 5,861 801
9 Motor Mechanics 3212 5,205 -1,194
10 University Lecturers and Tutors 2421 5,042 1,635
11 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3223 4,866 883
12 Solicitors 2713 4,535 -115
13 Management consultants 2247 4,526 -743
14 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 2531 4,257 707
15 Other Specialist Managers 1399 4,188 1,144
16 Civil Engineering Professionals 2332 3,919 147
17 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2411 3,321 1,027
18 Painting Trades Workers 3322 3,303 -27
19 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 2335 2,682 1,082
20 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2621 2,667 -220
21 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 2611 2,273 -314
22 Chefs 3513 2,256 -482
23 Computer Network Professionals 2631 2,245 -308
24 Electronics Trades Workers 3423 2,047 734
25 Social Workers 2725 1,862 -266
26 Special Education Teachers 2415 1,721 610
27 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 3311 1,712 102
28 Cabinetmakers 3941 1,694 -418
29 Physiotherapists 2525 1,685 -99
30 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1342 1,666 -119
31 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 2212 1,619 67
32 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 3421 1,581 -270
33 Psychologists 2723 1,545 -287
34 Medical Laboratory Scientists 2346 1,536 31
35 Engineering Managers 1332 1,474 474
36 Occupational Therapists 2524 1,461 379
37 Architects and Landscape Architects 2321 1,452 -719
38 Plasterers 3332 1,452 -648
39 Electrical Engineers 2333 1,348 348
40 Midwives 2541 1,333 115
41 Environmental Scientists 2343 1,295 -177
42 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4523 1,262 -2,809
43 Animal Attendants and Trainers 3611 1,239 188
44 Other Medical Practitioners 2539 1,168 -82
45 Medical Imaging Professionals 2512 1,161 -42
46 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 2349 1,056 56
47 Accountants 2211 1,000 -1,746
48 Wall and Floor Tilers 3334 1,000 -682
49 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 2121 1,000 -98
50 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 2111 1,000 0

An ‘occupation ceiling’ means 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.

Even though above list shows the top 50 occupations in terms of demand. Other highly skilled jobs will also be there which will have a lesser number of applicants. You will have a chance if you belong to any of them.

 The number of job openings is lesser compared to 2019 due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, still there are considerable number of jobs available for those with the required qualifications.

The job outlook for 2021 promises a range of jobs in different sectors and you have good chances if you are planning to move to Australia for work. If you are seriously considering settling down in Australia, there is no better time to apply than now!

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