Top In-Demand Skills in Australia and Skills Shortage

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 20 July 2021

The most in-demand skills in Australia are constantly evolving due to the digitisation of the global economy. Other sectors, such as construction and healthcare, are likely to grow their demand for skilled professionals who are not directly related to digital jobs or remote work. Whether you're looking for a career change or you want to start a new career path, it's always relevant knowing which are the most valuable skills to keep yourself informed and make better career choices. In this article, we explore the most in-demand skills in Australia and the current skills shortage in the country.

Which jobs have the most in-demand skills in Australia?

Many businesses look to protect their future by recruiting individuals who possess the most valuable skills. Established professionals can decide to develop new critical skills for their career's success. In contrast, students may choose to begin a new journey according to the most in-demand skills in the country. The following is a list of the most in-demand jobs and skills in Australia divided by specialities:

Healthcare

Within Australia's healthcare system, these are the roles with a high demand for the immediate future:

  • Registered nurses: their responsibilities are recording patients' medical histories, monitoring treatments, collaborating with other medical professionals, administering direct care and conducting physical exams to assess patient health needs and problems.

  • Occupational therapists: they promote patients' health and wellbeing during everyday occupations of life, including showering, dressing and preparing food. They coordinate care, case management and transition services to discharge plans and develop self-care, self-management, home management and community, work and school reintegration.

  • Psychologists: these professionals with a relevant degree assess, diagnose and treat the patient's psychological problems and behavioural dysfunctions resulting from a wide range of sources. They also promote a healthy lifestyle, prevent diseases and improve the individual's quality of life.

  • Aged and disabled carers: due to the population's ageing, there's a high demand for disabled and aged care that involves physical and emotional support for patients. They need strong teamwork and organisational skills to administer treatment, maintain hygiene practices, prepare food and domestic duties and monitor health.

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Construction

The construction sector has the following in-demand occupations and skills:

  • Commercial site managers: they manage commercial arrangement's budgets and expenses as the lead role in commercial contracts. They ensure contracts remain financially viable in a construction project.

  • Building estimators: they evaluate engineering drawings and architectural specifications, draft a bill of quantities to list all the components needed for a construction project and assess any change to determine the impact on cost.

  • Site supervisors: these construction professionals oversee and coordinate the construction's site operations in order to ensure a high-performance level and compliance with health and safety guidelines. They must work closely with senior management and stakeholders.

Accountancy and finance

The accountancy and finance sector has in-demand skills in the following roles:

  • Qualified accountants: they need to possess excellent technical account skills and understand accounting standards. Their responsibilities consist of examining their clients' income and expenditure, creating and maintaining budgets, and preparing financial statements.

  • Commercial analysts: these professionals are responsible for gathering financial and operational information about a company and drive them to a positive economic direction regarding this data. The software skills can include Tableau and Power BI.

  • Payroll officer: they process payroll transactions, collect and enter data to maintain and update payroll information, compile earnings, taxes, leaves, disabilities and non-taxable wages' summaries and follow payroll operations' policies and procedures. End-to-end payroll experience and skills in widely used payroll systems are of high importance.

Related: 12 Commonly Used Accounting Principles

Information technology

These roles have a high demand within Australia's IT jobs market:

  • Full-stack developers: Their main responsibility is to design websites, develop servers and databases with different programming languages, such as JavaScript, Python, Ruby and MySQL. A full-stack developer needs to be proficient both in front-end and back-end architecture.

  • Cloud engineers: There's an increasing demand for cloud engineers. They improve and implement new cloud technologies and solutions, ensuring efficient data storage and identifying infrastructure vulnerabilities.

  • Security awareness consultants: These professionals analyse an organisation's security systems, identify potential breaches and supervise the implementation of solutions. They also educate employees about online dangers when working remotely.

Education

There are some positions and skills with a high demand in Australia's education system, such as:

  • Early childhood teachers: these teachers support the implementation of an approved learning method, and they help children learn and develop in this setting. They may work under supervision or on their own within a team.

  • Secondary school teachers: they usually work with students aged 12-18, and they should have strong teamwork, initiative, intuition, oral communication, reading and writing skills.

  • Centre directors: due to the increasing number of childcare centres, centre directors, who are also early childhood teachers, are in high demand.

  • English teachers: English language studies are one of the largest faculties in secondary education, and there's a continuous demand for English teachers due to this.

Engineering

Here are high-demand engineering roles:

  • Civil and structural engineers: they design and evaluate a building and its schematics and are responsible for determining if it is safe for its intended purpose and capable of resisting environmental challenges. Experience in multiple hardware and software, with qualifications in machine safety, is in high demand.

  • Civil designers: they are responsible for drafting, producing and scaling drawings and maps for projects in infrastructure and construction. Experience using AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D and 12D is very valuable.

  • Control systems engineers: these are professionals proficient in designing, developing and implementing solutions that control dynamic systems. Professionals with CPEng certifications are in high demand.

Related: 10 Highest Paying Engineering Jobs

Human resources

Some of the most valuable professionals and skills within human resources are:

  • Talent acquisition specialists: they need to have end-to-end experience and hire new talent in industries with skill shortages, such as IT.

  • Work health and safety officers: capable of creating a safe working environment and improve the staff's mental health.

  • Human resource managers: with excellent communication, administration, planning, organisational and teamwork skills, they are responsible for overseeing the recruitment process, negotiate labour disputes and supervise employees.

Marketing

You can find opportunities in the following in-demand positions:

  • Content creators and strategists: experts who have a lot of experience in copywriting, art direction or graphic design can create and develop an organisation's content strategy.

  • Digital marketing experts: professionals with broad insights in social media who have experience in email, SEM and SEO campaigns. These individuals are in high demand due to the economy's digitisation.

  • eCommerce managers: they oversee the design and development of websites and monitor web analytics and internal data sources.

Read more: Examples of Hard Skills Employers Look For

Skills and jobs shortages with high future demand

According to the National Skills Commission of the Australian Government, there are some occupations in national shortage that will have a solid future demand. Here are details about these in-demand roles:

  • Corporate service managers: these professionals provide high-level administrative and operations support, advise on financial matters, make important recommendations to senior managers and plan strategies.

  • Tax accountants: these accountants manage tax returns and statements, and also advise on financial and tax matters to organisations. They make sure the company complies with official tax regulations.

  • ICT project managers: these professionals organise and coordinate ICT (Information and Communications Technology) projects. They set budgets, develop timelines and assign tasks within IT or telecommunications projects.

  • Electrical engineers: they test, design and develop electrical devices and equipment. They usually work with high-technology power generators, motor and navigation systems for automobiles and aircraft.

  • Mechanical engineers: a mechanical engineer develops, builds and tests mechanical devices. They can design a wide range of products, and most of them work in manufacturing, research and development. Typically, they hold a bachelor's degree, excellent maths and knowledge using CAD software.

  • Agricultural scientists: they collect and analyse data and samples to obtain knowledge about factors affecting the production of crops. They advise farmers and farm managers about farming techniques and improve the production of crops and livestock. Due to global warming, there's an increasingly high demand for these positions.

  • Veterinarian: they are trained professionals to treat and prevent diseases affecting animals. They usually specialise in a specific work area, and they must register with the Veterinarian board of the state to practice upon graduation.

  • Cooks: they ensure ingredients and final products are fresh, and they prepare meals, baking, grilling, steaming and boiling meats, vegetables, fish, poultry and other foods. Likewise, they must know the safety procedures, have strong interpersonal and organisational skills and be accountable for the dishes they prepare.

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