Demand for certain skills in Australia is so high that a few professionals have ‘future-proof’ careers. In this article we will be taking a look at 5 occupation groups that applicants are currently using as a gateway to permanent residency status in Australia, and ultimately citizenship.
Teachers are among the top occupations in demand in Australia. These professionals are responsible of the most important and valuable contributions to society. It is common knowledge that there is a shortage of teachers in subjects like maths, science, and technology in South Africa – and Australia is no different.
When we break down the demand for this occupation in Australia, Secondary School teachers is the top occupation sub-type Australia is looking for. The Department of Immigration set out 8,032 spots for secondary school teachers in 2016.
Early Childhood and Special Needs teachers are second in terms of demand, with a total of 1,822 spots for pre-primary teachers and 1,126 spots for special needs teachers.
There has been a huge demand for Engineers in the last couple of years – mostly in industries of civil infrastructure, mining, manufacturing, and defence.
The university of NSW collected data showing that Australia’s demand for engineers exceeds its supply of graduates. The country imports more than double the Engineers who graduate from Australian universities each year, and has done so for over a decade.
The top engineering spots available are civil, structural, geotechnical, and transport engineers – with 2,174 spots available for the 2016/2017 year by the Department of Immigration.
Civil Engineers are in demand all across Australian – both in regional and urban areas. The average civil engineer possesses bachelor degree, and the majority are employed in the states of Queensland, Victoria and NSW.
Among the occupations in demand in Australia, but with a slightly fewer spots available are – agricultural, aeronautical, biomedical, electrical, environmental, electronics, chemical, industrial, mechanical, materials and plant engineers.
The Department of Immigration has set out 5,289 spots for construction managers for the 2016/2017 year, which is proof of the demand for these skills.
The earnings for Construction Managers are currently above the average earnings rate in Australia. The current demand is strongest in NSW, where high-rise commercial and residential experience is the most sought after.
Although many aspiring migrants have construction management skills, in order to be eligible to apply under this occupation requires you to have a bachelor degree in a highly relevant field of study (i.e. construction/civil engineering.
According to the Department of Immigration, there is an expected demand for 100,000 ICT professionals in Australia over the coming six years. This follows a substantial decline in graduates with ICT qualifications since the early 2000s.
Australia requires a workforce that is equipped with the skills necessary to fuel digitally-driven economic growth – this is why graduates (especially ones with post-grad qualifications) are high in demand.
Systems engineers and computer network, ICT business analysts, software engineers, analyst and developer programmers and system analysts are all on the skilled occupation list. Software and applications programmers are ahead in terms of demand, with 5,662 available spots set out by the for the 2016/2017 year.
Over 60% of employees in the IT industry have a minimum qualification of a bachelor degree, and earn well above the national average income.
Electricians have been identified as an area with a great skills deficiency making it among the top occupations in demand in Australia, and the Department of Immigration has set out 9,345 spots for this trade in the 2016/2017 year. Electricians have been listed as the top 10 occupations expected to provide the largest number of new jobs in Australia in the next 5 years.
Metal fitters and carpenters, machinists, plumbers, and motor mechanics are also in high demand, with spots set out by the Department of Immigration in 2016/2017 in excess of 5,000 spots for each of these trades.