Fancy a Change? Check Out Australia’s Most Sought After Skills

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, are feeling undervalued at work or simply want to know where your skills are most sought after, the Department of Employment (DoE) has the answers you’re looking for.

Amid all their fine work ensuring that we have safe, fair and productive workplaces, the folks at the DoE keep a finger on where there are skills shortages to help qualified workers find their optimal place in this marvellous economy of ours.

They regularly research the job market and publish the results as state, territory and national overview reports, occupational cluster reports (which group similar occupations) and individual occupational reports.

skills shortages

While there’s been a slide in the extent of skills shortages over the last five years, this doesn’t mean there aren’t sweet spots for individual talents around the country.

The DoE’s latest overview points out that employment growth has been particularly strong for professionals, up by 39 per cent over the past decade, compared with 16 per cent for technicians and tradies.

That said, the job hunt remains fairly competitive, particularly in capital cities, where an average 15 people are applying for every vacancy. Victoria is the most competitive market, with 19 people lining up for each interview, and Tasmania the least competitive, with just six applicants per job.

Competition for jobs around Australia

Competition for jobs around Australia, Department of Employment report.

So which skills most sought after?

Nationally, there is an absence of audiologists and optometrists on the professional scene, as well as child carers and midwives. On the trade front, we’re missing bricklayers, cabinet makers and roof tilers as the east coast construction boom continues to rattle along.

National Skills Shortages

National skills shortages, Department of Employment report.

For a state by state breakdown, check out the local skill shortages lists and individual occupation reports on the DoE. It’s pretty handy information if you’re wondering where your next job is waiting.