What are skills shortages?

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Finding a career that you enjoy and are suited to can help you succeed in the workforce.

However, it can also be useful to be aware of the jobs currently in demand or that may be in demand in the future. With this in mind, the Department of Employment conducts regular research to identify what skills are in short supply nationally.

The demand for skilled employees can vary from region to region. Skills shortages are caused by many different factors such as:

  • people moving out of regional areas
  • not enough training places for certain skilled occupations
  • changes in technology
  • a large increase in construction work in a region.

Skill shortages can be beneficial for job seekers because:

  • there may be more job vacancies and less competition for people with that skill and
  • wages and conditions may be better if employers need to attract people to the occupation.

For information on which occupations are experiencing skills shortages visit the National, state and territory skill shortage information page on the Department of Employment's website.

While this report can help you understand which skilled occupations are in shortage and where there may be opportunities, it’s important not to pursue an occupation just because it is currently in shortage as the labour market can change quickly and the occupation may not be in shortage when you complete your studies.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.