Top 20 Occupations In Demand Nationally

Top 20 Occupations In Demand Nationally

While skills shortages are currently observed in a wide range of occupations, there are several key areas, notably caring occupations and digital and data occupations, where shortages may be more pressing.

The Skills Priority List (SPL) provides a point–in-time assessment of occupations in shortage. Combining the SPL with other data sets produced by Jobs and Skills Australia, such as job vacancies and five-year employment projections, provides an estimate of some of the economy’s key skills needs.

This list, like the SPL, represents a diverse mix of occupations including, health care, digital, construction and engineering professionals, as well as traditional trades workers. It is important to recognise, however, that there are many, many more occupations of key significance to the economy and the wellbeing of Australians.

The table below provides a list of the top 20 occupations in demand nationally using:

  • the national 2022 SPL skills shortage ratings;
  • job vacancies data from the IVI (monthly average of internet job vacancies during the three-month period from October to December 2022 inclusive); and
  • projected growth in national employment over the five years to November 2026.

Here are the top 20 occupations in Australia for 2022, ordered by the number of internet vacancies for each respective occupation.

Best 20 occupations in demand nationally

No. Occupation IVI job ads*
1 Registered Nurses 8,377
2 Software and Applications Programmers 6,269
3 Aged and Disabled Carers 4,642
4 Child Carers 4,277
5 Construction Managers 4,230
6 Motor Mechanics 3,924
7 Retail Managers 3,777
8 Chefs 3,725
9 Generalist Medical Practitioners 3,352
10 Metal Fitters and Machinists 3,137
11 ICT Business and Systems Analysts 3,053
12 Civil Engineering Professionals 2,871
13 Electricians 2,839
14 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,493
15 Contract, Program and Project Administrators 2,392
16 Advertising and Marketing Professionals 2,265
17 Physiotherapists 1,262
18 Gardeners 1,015
19 Mining Engineers 957
20 Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists 942


Skills Priority List top 10 in National Shortage

Some of the most in-demand jobs in shortage in Australia for immigrants:

ANZSCO Code Occupation Priority
121311 Apiarist High
132511 Research and Development Manager High
133111 Construction Project Manager High
133112 Project Builder High
133211 Engineering Manager High
139914 Quality Assurance Manager High
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager High
141411 Licensed Club Manager High
142111 Retail Manager (General) High
142114 Hair or Beauty Salon Manager High


With Low to Medium Future Demand Nationally

From the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List.

Occupation Code Occupation Shortage Future Demand
111111 Chief Executive or Managing Director No Shortage Medium
111211 Corporate General Manager No Shortage Medium
121111 Aquaculture Farmer No Shortage Medium
121311 Apiarist Shortage Medium
121312 Beef Cattle Farmer No Shortage Low
121313 Dairy Cattle Farmer No Shortage Low
121314 Deer Farmer No Shortage Low
121315 Goat Farmer No Shortage Low
121316 Horse Breeder No Shortage Low
121318 Pig Farmer No Shortage Low


Notes: IVI data are October to December 2022 monthly average
Source: National Skills Commission, Skills Priority List, 2022; National Skills Commission, Employment outlook Industry and occupation trends over the five years to November 2026, 2022; JSA, Internet Vacancy Index, December 2022.


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