Top 10 Popular Occupations When Applying For An Australian Visa

Does your occupation have a lot of competition??

If you are looking to enter Australia as a skilled migrant. Your current occupation will be used as a basis for the skills assessment that will then support your application.

It’s worth knowing that each profession is allocated an ‘occupation ceiling’ which ensures that the migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year.

As we’re heading towards the back end of the 2018 – 2019 Australian Migration Program which runs from1st July 2018 to June 30 2019, we thought it would be worth looking at the current occupation ceilings and the number of invitations issued by the Australian Migration Department, under each occupation.

These occupation ceilings are updated each month so they will change however the data below is correct as of February 1st 2019.

Top 10 Most Popular Australian Migration Occupations

Top 10 Most Popular Australian Migration Occupations
Top 10 Most Popular Australian Migration Occupations – Valid as of 1st February 2019

The table above represents the top 10 most popular occupations based on the percentage of places that have been allocated thus far.

As in previous years, technology, engineering and accounting roles appear to represent the most likely areas where competition for places will be high.

This will mean that a higher number of ‘points’ will be required by candidates looking to apply under these occupations before receiving an invitation to apply.

Why? We have attempted to explain the reasoning for this within the following article:

What are my chances of getting an Australian Visa

What Are My Chances Of Getting An Australian Visa

On the other end of the scale, we have roles where a need has been identified, but very few candidates appear to be applying.

Top 10 Least Popular Australian Migration Options

Top 10 Least Popular Australian Migration Occupations
Table of the Top 10 Least Popular Australian Migration Occupations – Data Correct as of 1st February 2019

In the above scenario, we can see that less than 1% of all places under occupations such as sheet metal workers, barristers and livestock farmers have been allocated in the current Australian Migration Year.

If you have appropriate skills in these areas, unlike the top 10 most popular occupations in Australia that people choose to emigrate under, you will have a much better chance of being invited to apply, without the need for an excessive number of points.

Do you have an occupation listed in either of these tables? How is your application process going? Post your views using our comments form below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.

Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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