The top occupations in demand in Australia 2019-2020 (for reference only because it changes constantly)

(For reference only because it changes constantly)

Nurses and Medical Staff

The health care industry overall has had the biggest increase and growth in 5 years, and this is expected to continue through to 2022. The occupations in this industry that are the most in demand are registered nurses, disabled and aged carers, personal care workers, receptionists and nursing support.

Software Programmer and IT

There is currently a growing and critical need within the technology industry for software developers of various abilities, such as those experienced in user experience, mobile and back-end design, front end and full stack developers. In fact, according to a report from last year, 9 of the most advertised jobs out of a list of 15 were for UI/UE designers, software engineers and developers.

Trades and Construction

Given that the construction industry always has a demand, especially for technicians and trade workers such as electricians, carpenters, joiners and plumbers, it’s not surprising that these rank so highly on the most in demand list of professions. There has also been demand for non-skilled labourers too. So, if you are experienced in this kind of work, you will have an easier time getting work.


Although in the past there was a huge demand for migrant primary school teachers in Australia, that has changed in recent years. There are still options for migrants looking to work in teaching though, particularly in secondary schools in more regional parts of the country. That is why it still ranks so highly in the occupational ceilings list. It is even the case that many qualified teachers from Australia need to go out to the regional parts of the country for their first employer. Within this group, the least in demand is undoubtedly inner city female primary school teachers.

White Collar Management/Professionals

Just as is the case with software developers, there is a growing demand for various white-collar management and professional positions. Including the likes of those involved in marketing, advertising and accounting.

Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers.

Motor mechanics are in demand all across Australia and if you are in a specialist area such as automotive electrician, automatic transmission mechanic, automotive air-conditioning mechanic or brake mechanic, even better. This category also includes other trades such as metal machinists, sheet metal workers, panel beaters, welders, fitters and metal fabricators, although demand for particular specialisations varies across different Australian states.


Australia has a demand for temporary farm labourers to help with crop picking, there are also many opportunities for more highly skilled agricultural workers.


Although it may not feature as highly in the list of the industry and professions with the most demand for migrant workers, there is still huge demand for skilled and qualified engineers of all kinds. This includes mechanical, industrial, electronics, transport and electrical engineers.

Rank Job Category Occupation ID Occupation Ceiling 2019-2020
1 Registered Nurses 2544 17,509
2 Software and Applications Programmers 2613 8,748
3 Electricians 3411 8,624
4 Carpenters and Joiners 3312 8,536
5 Secondary School Teachers 2414 8,052
6 Metal Fitters and Machinists 3232 7,007
7 Motor Mechanics 3212 6,399
8 Livestock Farmers 1213 5,934
9 Management consultant 2247 5,269
10 Plumbers 3341 5,060
11 Construction Managers 1331 4,983
12 Solicitors 2713 4,650
13 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4523 4,071
14 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3223 3,983
15 Civil Engineering Professionals 2332 3,772
16 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 2531 3,550
17 University Lecturers and Tutors 2421 3,407
18 Painting Trades Workers 3322 3,330
19 Other Specialist Managers 1399 3,044
20 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2621 2,887
21 Accountants 2211 2,746
22 Chefs 3513 2,738
23 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 2611 2,587
24 Computer Network Professionals 2631 2,553
25 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2411 2,294
26 Architects and Landscape Architects 2321 2,171
27 Social Workers 2725 2,128
28 Cabinetmakers 3941 2,112
29 Plasterers 3332 2,100
30 Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 3421 1,851
31 Psychologists 2723 1,832
32 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1342 1,785
33 Physiotherapists 2525 1,784
34 Wall and Floor Tilers 3334 1,682
35 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 3311 1,610
36 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 2335 1,600
37 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 2212 1,552
38 Medical Laboratory Scientists 2346 1,505
39 Environmental Scientists 2343 1,472
40 Electronics Trades Workers 3423 1,313
41 Other Medical Practitioners 2539 1,250
42 Midwives 2541 1,218
43 Medical Imaging Professionals 2512 1,203
44 Special Education Teachers 2415 1,111
45 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 2121 1,098
46 Occupational Therapists 2524 1,082
47 Animal Attendants and Trainers 3611 1,051
48 Electronics Engineers 2334 1,000
49 Other Engineering Professionals 2339 1,000
50 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 2633 1,000

This is only for your reference, because Australian Migration Law changes constantly. Please contact us for free advice with the most up-to-date information