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The top 7 trades in demand in Australia

6th August 2018

While job satisfaction should be at the forefront of your choice when choosing a career path, it’s also important to look at the demand in that field. The good news is when it comes to trades there are plenty of jobs that are currently experiencing a skills shortage.


According to a report by the National Centre For Vocational Education Research (NCVER) from 2017 to 2024 it’s predicted there will be a total of 472,000 job openings for technicians and trades workers in Australia.

So if you’re good with your hands and looking for a career with solid demand, then you could consider these trades listed on the National Skills Needs List by the Department of Employment.

  1. Arborist Otherwise known as a tree surgeon, an arborist is a qualified tradeperson who deals with the removal of trees and is also an expert when it comes to assessing the health of trees. To become an arborist you will need to do some courses at TAFE. Search Google for course information for the state you live in.
  2. Baker Anyone who has enjoyed a morning pastry or two will be familiar with the goods a baker can deliver. If you go down this career route, just be prepared for an early start to the day, as baking begins in the very early hours of the morning.
  3. Automotive Electrician This job is all about specialising in the electrical wiring of cars. In the NCVER study mentioned above, it is forecasted that 61.1% of job openings for automotive electrician and mechanic roles, from 2017 to 2024, will be due to experienced workers leaving the workforce.
  4. Carpenter Are you detail oriented and looking for a well-paid trades job? Then you might be happy to hear Indeed.com lists the average carpenter’s salary as $39.61 per hour and this can climb higher depending on the demand.
  5. Landscape Gardener Calling all green thumbs – this could be the job for you. Landscape gardeners are not only in demand, but are a great role for those that love to be outdoors whilst being paid. You’ll learn all about planting flora, as well as maintaining structures throughout the garden, such as paths.
  6. Plumber With a rise in renovations in recent years, demand for plumbers has risen with it. When becoming a plumber you’ll learn about how a plumbing system works, and the varying ways of fixing plumbing problems (if you know what we mean).
  7. Stonemason It may sound like a job out of Game of Thrones, but stonemasons are still required and are in high demand in the present day. You’ll become a master in stone works, creating and crafting stone for new buildings, as well as restoring heritage buildings.

With so much demand for trades in the coming years, it’s never been a better time to gain some skills. To find out more about doing an apprenticeship in one of the above trades, visit Australian Apprenticeships .

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