Occupations in demand for skilled migrants

You’ve just completed your studies in Australia, and are turning your attention to the next stage of your career. You may have plenty of opportunities available across the globe, but something is drawing you back to a life in the land Down Under. Becoming a permanent resident of Australia is a complex process, but that doesn’t stop it from being a hot topic among students who are keen to develop their career in the Australian workforce after completing a course of study. 

So, how can you go about becoming a permanent Australian resident? Gaining PR tends to revolve around occupations that are important to the Australian economy, yet are experiencing significant shortages. The Australian Government’s Department of Border Protection has established a list of skilled occupations that aren’t being filled by the current labour force, opening the door for potential migrants to gain permanent residency in Australia. 

Let’s get down to the important part – which occupations feature on this list? It’s good news if you’re qualified in the construction, education, healthcare, professional services and engineering industries. Occupations across these areas are in the most demand, and it is no coincidence that these industries are projected to experience significant employment growth over the next five years. There is also a strong focus on the areas of management, finance, architecture and science. 

If you’re considering a migration to Australia, read through the top 30 occupations on the Government’s current list (updated March 2018) to get an indication of what jobs are available to prospective permanent residents. 

1. Construction project manager 

2. Engineering manager 

3. Child care centre manager 

4. Nursing clinical director 

5. Primary health organisation manager 

6. Welfare centre manager 

7. Accountant (general) 

8. Management accountant 

9. Taxation accountant 

10. External auditor 

11. Internal auditor 

12. Actuary 

13. Land economist 

14. Valuer 

15. Management consultant 

16. Architect 

17. Landscape architect 

18. Surveyor

19. Cartographer 

20. Other spatial scientist 

21. Chemical engineer 

22. Materials engineer 

23. Civil engineer 

24. Geotechnical engineer 

25. Quantity surveyor 

26. Structural engineer 

27. Transport engineer 

28. Electrical engineer 

29. Electronics engineer 

30. Industrial engineer 

If you would like more information on the Australian Government’s skilled occupations list, please refer to the Federal Register of Legislation (skilled occupations list within document). 

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