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The 20 most in-demand jobs right now

People walking Sydney city and Australian money notes
The number of occupations facing skills shortages has almost doubled. These are the jobs that are desperate for workers. (Source: Getty)

Australia is currently facing a ‘staggering’ skills shortage, with the number of occupations feeling the pinch doubling in the past year.

According to a new National Skills Commission report, the number of jobs struggling to fill positions has spiked from 153 to 286 over the last year.

Nearly a third of all Australian sectors are experiencing worker shortages, the Skills Priority List found. Of the 20 largest employment occupations, more than half are facing shortages.

Job vacancies have increased more than 40 per cent in the year ending August 2022, the report said, hitting 309,900 jobs.

The most in-demand workers were registered nurses, software and applications programmers, aged, disability and child carers, and construction managers.

Health workers in high demand

Registered nurses were by far the most in-demand workers, with 9,266 jobs vacant based on the quarterly average to August 2022.

A number of other health professionals also made the list, including GPs, surgeons, physiotherapists, dentists, paediatricians, and intensive and emergency medicine specialists.

The proportion of health professional occupations facing shortages grew by 47 per cent in 2022.

"The result appears mostly driven by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," the report said.

“Employers struggled to fill vacancies for these occupations, with around half of the vacancies for health professionals remaining unfilled.”

The 20 occupations in demand

According to the report, the following jobs are the most in-demand based on job vacancy data:

  1. Registered nurse - 9,266

  2. Software and applications programmer - 7,841

  3. Aged and disability carer - 5,101

  4. Construction manager - 4,984

  5. Child carer - 4,549

  6. Motor mechanic - 4,316

  7. Retail manager - 4,244

  8. Chef - 4,141

  9. ICT business and systems analyst - 3,830

  10. Metal fitter and machinist - 3,565

  11. Cook - 3,438

  12. Electrician - 3,396

  13. Civil engineer - 3,268

  14. Contract, program and project admin - 2,842

  15. GP and resident medical officer - 2,306

  16. Early childhood teacher - 2,253

  17. Physiotherapist - 1,482

  18. Mining engineer - 1,048

  19. Gardener - 1,038

  20. Auditors, secretaries and corporate treasurer - 868

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