Work skills that are in demand in Australia - what are they?

If you want to apply for an Australian PR (Permanent Resident) Visa under the skilled migrant category, you should pay attention to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). What is SOL? According to an Australian government website, SOL is defined as the list that, "identifies occupations that would benefit from skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the medium to long-term skill needs of the Australian economy."

This SOL is reviewed on a yearly basis. The 2016-2017 SOL review was completed in early 2016. On 1 July 2016, a new SOL will take effect. 

Occupations being added to the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:

  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
  • Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).

Occupations being removed from the SOL from 1 July 2016 are:

  • Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
  • Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
  • Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
  • Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
  • Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
  • Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214).     

Skilled Occupations List for applications made between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016 is for the following occupations:

Construction Project Manager

Project Builder

Engineering Manager

Production Manager (Mining)

Child Care Centre Manager

Medical Administrator

Nursing Clinical Director

Primary Health Organisation Manager

Welfare Centre Manager

Accountant (General)

Management Accountant

Taxation Accountant

External Auditor

Internal Auditor

Actuary

Land Economist

Valuer

Ship's Engineer

Ship's Master

Ship's Officer

Architect

Landscape Architect

Cartographer

Other Spatial Scientist

Surveyor

Chemical Engineer

Materials Engineer

Civil Engineer

Geotechnical Engineer

Quantity Surveyor

Structural Engineer

Transport Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Electronics Engineer

Industrial Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Production or Plant Engineer

Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)

Petroleum Engineer

Aeronautical Engineer

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Biomedical Engineer

Engineering Technologist

Environmental Engineer

Naval Architect

Agricultural Consultant

Agricultural Scientist

Forester

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Veterinarian

Metallurgist

Physicist (Medical Physicist only)

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher

Secondary School Teacher

Special Needs Teacher

Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

Teacher of the Sight Impaired

Special Education Teachers 

Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

Medical Radiation Therapist

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Sonographer

Environmental Health Officer

Occupational Health and Safety Adviser

Optometrist

Chiropractor

Osteopath

Occupational Therapist

Physiotherapist

Podiatrist

Speech Pathologist

General Practitioner

Anaesthetist

Specialist Physician (General Medicine)

Cardiologist

Clinical Haematologist

Medical Oncologist

Endocrinologist

Gastroenterologist

Intensive Care Specialist

Neurologist

Paediatrician

Renal Medicine Specialist

Rheumatologist

Thoracic Medicine Specialist

Specialist Physicians 

Psychiatrist

Surgeon (General)

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Neurosurgeon

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Otorhinolaryngologist

Paediatric Surgeon

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Urologist

Vascular Surgeon

Dermatologist

Emergency Medicine Specialist

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Ophthalmologist

Pathologist

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

Radiation Oncologist

Medical Practitioners

Midwife

Nurse Practitioner

Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

Registered Nurse (Community Health)

Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

Registered Nurse (Medical)

Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

Registered Nurse (Surgical)

Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)

Registered Nurses 

ICT business Analyst

Systems Analyst

Analyst Programmer

Developer Programmer

Software Engineer

Computer Network and Systems Engineer

Telecommunications Engineer

Telecommunications Network Engineer

Barrister

Solicitor

Clinical Psychologist

Educational Psychologist

Organisational Psychologist

Psychotherapist

Psychologists 

Social Worker

Civil Engineering Draftsperson

Civil Engineering Technician

Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

Electrical Engineering Technician

Radio Communications Technician

Telecommunications Field Engineer

Telecommunications Network Planner

Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist

Automotive Electrician

Motor Mechanic (General)

Diesel Motor Mechanic

Motorcycle Mechanic

Small Engine Mechanic

Sheetmetal Trades Worker

Metal Fabricator

Pressure Welder

Welder (First Class)

Fitter (General)

Fitter and Turner

Fitter-Welder

Metal Machinist (First Class)

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Bricklayer

Stonemason

Carpenter and Joiner

Carpenter

Joiner

Painting trades workers

Glazier

Fibrous Plasterer

Solid Plasterer

Wall and Floor Tiler

Plumber (General)

Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber

Drainer

Gasfitter

Roof plumber

Electrician (General)

Electrician (Special Class)

Lift Mechanic

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

Electrical Linesworker

Technical Cable Jointer

Electronic Equipment Trades Worker

Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)

Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)

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Boat Builder and Repairer

Shipwright

Dental Hygienist

Dental Prosthetist

Dental Technician

Dental Therapist

For more information on SOL, please visit www.border.gov.au

 

 

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