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Thinking of going for Australian permanent residence and citizenship? A job may be waiting for you…
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Choosing to work abroad is the greatest leap of faith a person can take: Finding a new home, lifestyle and job can be difficult. However, it seems setting yourself up and going to work in Australia is hardly rocket science.
This isn’t a tough country to find work in. And no, you won’t be limited to menial jobs just so you can gain access to work in Australia. This is a land of genuine opportunity, and there are chances that are begging to be taken by highly-motivated immigrants.
We’ve done our homework, and found eight professions that are in desperate need of a fresh work-force:
Good job we did our homework, eh? It’s worth noting that Secondary School teachers are the number one occupation sub-type Australia is looking for. The Department of Australia Immigration allocated 8,032 spots for secondary school teachers last year.
Early Childhood (Pre-primary) and Special Needs teachers are next up in terms of demand. There are 1,822 and 1,126 available spots allocated for each occupation sub-type respectively. Unfortunately demand for Primary School teachers is low.
Aspiring applicants are often surprised to learn that post-qualification work experience in teaching isn’t actually a prerequisite for eligibility, but it can help due to the points criteria required for an Australia visa application.
Large infrastructure projects, commercial developments and high rise residential projects are still driving strong demand for construction professionals across all disciplines.
The Department of Immigration has allocated 5,289 spots for construction managers for the 2016/17 year. Current demand is strongest in NSW.
Although many aspiring migrants have skills in construction management, to be eligible to apply under this occupation requires that you have a bachelor degree with a highly relevant field of study and prove you possess highly relevant post qualification experience.
Registered nurses and midwifes are in short supply in Australia. This is a popular position for many migrant workers. Although, nurses with unrecognised overseas qualifications usually have to undergo some form of bridging course.
Nurses who were educated in countries not recognised by Australian authorities will be required to undertake accredited Competency assessment courses. Once registered, you then apply for a working visa. After that, you must find an employer who is willing to sponsor you for a four-year working visa in Australia.
The amount of jobs in accounting and finance is expected to increase by 21,400 in the years leading up to 2017, due to the downturn of positions from the GFC.
However, there has been strong competition for available spots, with applicants currently requiring more than the minimum 60 points in order to progress their application.
Electricians have been identified as an area with a large skills deficiency, and the Department of Immigration has allocated 9,345 available spots for this trade in the 2016/17 year
According to ‘Master Electricians Australia’, electricians are therefore listed in the top 10 occupations expected to provide the largest number of new jobs in Australia over the next five years.
Metal fitters and machinists, carpenters, motor mechanics, and plumbers are also in high demand to work in Australia with spots allocated by the Department of Immigration in 2016/17 in excess of 5,000 for each of these trades. However, most trade occupations will generally require that you have a trade qualification, and five years of experience in your trade (which includes time spent in training).
According to submissions from skills assessors to the Department of Immigration, there is expected demand for a further 100,000 ICT professionals in Australia over the next six years.
Computer network and systems engineers, ICT business analysts, system analysts, software engineers, and analyst and developer programmers are all on the skilled occupation list. However, Software and app programmers lead the pack in terms of demand, with 5,662 available spots allocated in the 2016/17 year.
Advertising is becoming more and more prevalent online, due to global technology development. Companies are creating online business and require an online digital marketing strategy. As this happens, more qualified marketing professionals are required, creating a strong demand for specialists in Australia.
There has been strong demand for Engineers in recent years. Largely in the industries of civil infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, and defence.
Although, on the opposite end of the scale, major infrastructure projects across Australia have boosted demand for this type of engineering professional. Leading the pack in terms of spots available are: Civil, structural, geo-technical, and transport engineers. There were 2,174 spots allocated for the 2016/17 year by the Department of Immigration.
The average civil engineer is bachelor degree qualified however, and most are employed in NSW, Queensland, and Victoria.