Top 10 Skilled Occupation Receiving Australian Permanent Residency

For 2021/2022, here is a list of the occupations with the most occupations in demand in the skilled migration program in Australia


Top 10 Occupations in Demand in Australia for Skilled Migration

  • Nurses – 17,859
  • Electricians – 8,021
  • Carpenters and Joiners – 6,812
  • Secondary School Teachers – 8,716
  • Metal fitters and Machinists – 6,335
  • Motor Mechanics – 5,205
  • Management Consultant – 4,526
  • Construction Managers – 7,145
  • Software and Application Programmers – 8,405
  • Structural Steel and Welding Trade Workers – 4866


Skilled migration in 2020-2021 focused on visa categories and occupations that could help Australia’s economy rebound from COVID-19, with priority given to cohorts who would drive economic growth, job creation and investment into the country. 


For international students and workers seeking to live and work in Australia permanently, here’s an analysis of the top five occupations that received permanent residencies in 2020-2021: 

  • Registered nurses received 3,670 places, higher than any other occupation across the Skill stream 
  • Software and applications programmers were a close second with 3,121 places 
  • Accountants received 2,065 places 
  • ICT business and system analysts received 1,106 permanent visas 
  • Civil engineer professionals got 1,106 places 


Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) Changes

  • On 27 July 2021, Pharmacist occupations (ANZSCO 251511, 251512 and 251513) were added to the PMSOL.
  • On 22 June 2021, 22 occupations were added to the PMSOL.
  • On 11 May 2021, 234711: Veterinarian was added to the PMSOL.
  • On 27 November 2020, 272511: Social Worker was added to the PMSOL.


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