Jobs in Australia: Skilled Workers Needed
Planning to move to Australia? Planning to study in Australia? Planning to work in Australia?
Here is what you need to know about opportunities in the Australian job market.
There is no shortage of jobs in Australia, a country famous for its high-quality education¹, stable economy, and having one of the highest average incomes². If you are thinking about moving to Australia, you’re probably wondering what employment opportunities are available. Many domestic and international graduates are quickly learning that the Australian job market has a wealth of job opportunities in certain sectors, while others remain brutally competitive. So, which industries are all these jobs in?
Skill Shortage List
A good place to start looking is the regularly updated Skill Shortage List⁵. This list breaks down the most demanded job titles in Australia, and in each specific state within Australia.
It’s important to recognise that there are different jobs in Australia with demand for each state and area. For example, childcare workers or early childhood teachers are in demand across Australia, except for in Tasmania and Victoria. So studying Early Childhood Education in Brisbane will offer more job prospects than studying Melbourne.
It’s also important to note the specifics of each career title listed. Accountants are in demand in several states, but more specifically experienced accountants. Many accounting graduates struggle to find work here in Australia³, and, in some cases, even when they return to their home country⁴.
Furthermore, this list serves as a guide for the government to determine which jobs should be considered for a Skilled Visa. However, since the list is regularly updated a lot of students worry that their course of study may be in demand now, but not in the future. So, it helps to look at the trends over time and see where the industry is growing.
Trends for jobs in Australia: where the jobs are and how to get them
If you’re thinking you might like to study in Australia, but you haven’t chosen what you want to study it good to start doing your research now. See if you can find where your passions intersect with in-demand jobs. Based on the evidence in the chart above, it’s no surprise that skilled trades workers consistently top lists of most in-demand workers⁶. When a job gets posted it does however attract a lot of applicants, of those applicants usually only about half are properly qualified for the work. Thus only about 60% of job postings in the construction industry get filled.
Across the field of skilled work unqualified and informally experienced workers are applying for positions without having any relevant qualifications. In fact, there is a noticeable pattern in Google searchers looking for ‘construction jobs’ and ‘no experience’.
Meanwhile the academic sector is seeing the reverse problem, where highly educated graduates finish their studies with insufficient work experience. Roughly only two thirds of university graduates fail to find full time employment within four months of graduation. Quick figures: On average 50% of Psychology graduates fail to find full time work within four months of graduation, that goes for 46% of students studying Languages, 45% of Science graduates, 40% of Arts and Humanities graduates, 34% of Health Service graduates, and 25% of Law graduates⁷. So, for those thinking about an academic pathway, you are going to struggle to find work, it is competitive and every few months a fresh group of graduates will join the job hunt. The best thing you can do is get work experience and a lot of it. Unfortunately for international students this is again a challenge since the graduate visa limits opportunities to gain work experience. The vocational pathway is much more welcoming. Students who have previous work experience can get Recognition of Prior Learning to shorten their study time at the beginner level and move towards getting more advanced qualifications. Students new to their industry of study can still apply to institutions that have work experience placement early on in the program, then after the work experience component is completed they can begin working part time in their industry (something exceptionally rare for academic students).
“Employers care more about whether a graduate can knuckle down at work, fit with a culture, than which university a student attended or what marks they achieved”
-Innes Willox, chief executive of Australian Industry Group
This ‘get a job to get a job’⁸ mentality means that many students and graduates end up working in a sector unrelated to their studies, which can be a disaster for international students who will not be able to qualify for a sponsored visa if their position not related to their qualification.
Two students, two futures
For example, two students come from Fiji, one studies Accounting at a large university, the other starts Carpentry training at a Registered Training Organisation. Both lack work experience, but the vocational student will get practical work experience through their course provider; the university student may have to compete with other students for placements, or even pay for an internship. Upon graduating, both might move to a graduate visa. The vocational graduate can rely on their previous work experience to apply for jobs and can be sponsored by their employer. The university graduate will again compete to find a job as an accountant. If they happen to find a job in a skilled sector, let’s say as a chef, they will not be eligible for sponsorship since they have no qualifications related to being a chef. Australia also uses a points system, so there are lots of areas where you can increase your points. For instance taking the time to improve your English, to get a 7.0 or an 8.0 in IELTS can give you an advantage. If you’re looking at opportunities in Australia, now is the time to look at the skilled work sector: the job market is expanding, the salaries are rising⁹, and employers are looking to hold on to qualified workers.
Liberty College – We offer paid work opportunities with industry qualified study programs
Our VET students get paid work experience hours and relevant qualifications to maximise their employability. We only offer courses in areas where there is an obvious need for skilled workers positioning our graduates to use their practical experience and knowledge to impress employers and get jobs. If you are looking at jobs in Australia and considering starting a new life here, start on a pathway to success with Liberty International College where you can graduate into well paid careers and get paid along the way.
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Certificate III in Carpentry
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