Top Ten Occupations In Demand In Australia 2021
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Top Ten Occupations In Demand In Australia 2021

Fair to say that 2020 has been a pretty shocking year for all of us. Everybody’s lives have been impacted in some way or another by COVID-19 and for those looking to migrate to Australia during 2020, it’s fair to say that you haven’t come out of 2020 unscathed.

Many of you who had plans to make the move to Australia during 2020 likely had to have those plans put on hold, but, time to look forward!

We’re really hopeful that 2021 will see many peoples dreams of moving to Australia coming to the realisation. With this in mind, let’s remind ourselves on the top ten most popular occupations for Australian migrants in 2021.

Top Ten Popular Occupations In Australia 2021

Listed below are the top ten most sought after occupations in Australia for overseas migrants. The Occupation ID number is the ANZSCO code used for the occupation in question and the Occupation Ceiling details how many visa places are available to be offered to migrants with this occupation.

Australia Skilled Occupations List 2016 - 2017

ANZSCO is an acronym of the term;  Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation. At the most basic level, ANZSCO is a system that collects, publishes and analyses occupation statistics across government agencies. It’s important to people looking to migrate to Australia as it defines the types of skills and experience you would need to be able to demonstrate in order to be recognised as having the skills required to emigrate to Australia.

Click on the “Occupation ID” links for any of the roles you are interested in to view more detail.

Australian Occupations and Occupation Ceilings 2021

Job Category Occupation ID Occupation Ceiling 2020-21
Registered Nurses 2544 17,859
Secondary School Teachers 2414 8,716
Software and Applications Programmers 2613 8,405
Electricians 3411 8,021
Construction Managers 1331 7,145
Carpenters and Joiners 3312 6,812
Metal Fitters& Machinists 3232 6,335
Plumbers 3341 5,861
Motor Mechanics 3212 5,205
University Lecturers and Tutors 2421 5,042
New Critical Skills List (CSL) Published

Remember this is only the top 10 most popular occupations in Australia for migrants in 2021. The full list of occupations can be found here: Australia Occupation Ceilings 2020-2021 Migration Year

Is your occupation on the 2021 list?

Is your occupation considered one of the top ten Australian occupations in demand? Are you looking to make the move to Australia next year? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know in our comments below.

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 assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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  1. i am a student of diploma in leadership and management in Melbourne, but now i want to go for such study in such area or state which can help me in getting PR in Australia easily.

  2. Hi Mark, any chance for general accountant 95 points (EOI, subclass 189). I attained my accounting degree in Australia and have almost 3 years experience at a local company. Is there a chance for me to get PR by 2021? Or if there would be opportunity for job sponsorship?

    • Hi mate, there are currently 2549 accountants who have registered EOI’s at 95 points. Have you registered your EOI as you may be waiting a while. If there is anyway to get extra points then I would investigate this. See attached image for current EOI’s by points.

  3. Hi Mark. I’m a registered nurse and I have already submitted EOI for subclass 189 or 190 last February. I’m just wondering if my chances of getting invited are still high because I have only reached 75 points. I am open for suggestions to boost my points.

    • Hi Raji, as a nurse you will have a very good chance as it is a very sought after occupation though you will need to look at opportunities to increase your score if possible as 70 points is still a little on the low side (90 points required in latest invitation round).

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