If you are looking for employment in Australia, the chances are that you will most likely have success looking in the areas of the economy that are predicted to have strong demand for the foreseeable future. This will also be reflected in the various occupational list that have been introduced by the Government for migration purposes.

The latest report released by the Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business is very helpful in predicting the sectors that will experience the most demand for jobs in the next five years.

The report predicts that the health care and social assistance sectors will be the largest growth sector which is predicted to grow by 14.9% in the next 5 years. There will be an anticipated 250,300 new jobs in these sectors. The typical jobs available in this sector would include;

  • Registered Nurses
  • Age and Disability Carers
  • Support Workers
  • Child Carers
  • Personal Carer

Some type of tertiary schooling is usually required to obtain a job in this sector. Many health qualifications obtained in foreign countries will be recognised by Australian health institutions although there may be some restrictions or limitations placed on your practising. For example, there has been some recent changes in the nursing sector and enquiries can be made with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The next largest growth area is predicted to be the construction and trades sector which is predicted to grow by 10% by 2023 or in real terms by another 118000 people. Typical occupations in this sector include;

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Construction Managers
  • Plumbers
  • Project Managers

This is a good entry level industry as approximately one third of workers in the industry have no qualifications at all. Certificates to recognise prior learning can be obtained by numerous companies in Australia.

The education and training sector is expected to continue to grow by 113000 new jobs and is anticipated to be the big emerging sector in the next five years. Typical jobs in this sector would include

  • Teachers (Primary and Secondary)
  • University lecturers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Translators and Interpreters

If you have teaching qualifications obtained from an overseas body, you will need to obtain accreditation from the relevant state education body.

These bodies are:

  • In New South Wales this would be NSW Education Standards Authority,
  • In Victoria, the Victorian Institute of Teaching,
  • In Queensland, the Queensland College of Teachers
  • In South Australia, the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia
  • In Western Australia the Teachers Registration Board of Western Australia
  • In Tasmania, the Teachers registration board of Tasmania

The fourth area that the report expects to grow significantly is the Professional, Scientific and Tech services sector which is expected to add another 106600 jobs by 2023. This wide-ranging sector includes professions such as accountancy, law, software programming, graphic design and marketing. All of these professions require high levels of education and the demand for qualified individuals, particular in tech services will continue to grow over the next five years.

The migration occupation lists are updated regularly with growth industries and skills shortages in mind. When considering your move to Australia you should understand which of these occupations is most relevant to your skill set and what migration opportunities are available to you.

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