How To Get One Of The 4 Hottest Careers In Australia And New Zealand


Thanks to the trans-tasman travel arrangement, Aussies and Kiwis can freely move between the two labour markets and explore all the opportunities they offer. 

New Zealand is leading the charge in equal pay with about 85% of the growth in filled jobs were held by women. As indicated by the 7.3% increase in minimum wage, New Zealand is experiencing acute skill shortages. So not a bad time to look for a job and help meet the growing demand!

Australia experienced steady employment rate yet saw a strong growth in industries such as Public Administration and Safety (14.6%), followed by Mining. 

Both markets have strong hospitality and clerical/admin sectors, with consistently high labour demand. So what are the fastest growing careers in these two countries 


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Civil or Mechanical Engineer

Civil engineers build new cities – they design the construction of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and water supply. Mechanical engineers, on the other hand, make power-producing machines. There is a huge deficit of qualified civil and mechanical engineers in Australia and New Zealand. Mining engineers and talents in more niche engineering areas are in high demand as well. 

They get paid really well too. The starting salary of a civil engineer is usually around $50-60K and as you move up to a senior level position, it’ll be in the $180K range. The trend is similar for a mechanical engineers as well. 

These are jobs that require specialised training and degrees but don’t you worry. You can select from affordable and flexible online classes and programs to get you started. 

Software Programmer

Software programming is on the skill shortage list for both New Zealand and Australia. Programmers design digital products such as websites and apps. This is a position in high demand across the world so global mobility is going to be a likely option for you if you want to pursue this path. 

The average salary is around $60-70K and there is a tertiary qualification required in relevant fields (computing, software engineering, IT, etc.). 


Registered Nurse

There is a chronic global shortage of registered nurses. That’s why Australian healthcare industry has initiatives to bring overseas qualified nurses to Australia. Similar initiatives have been launched in New Zealand as well. 

Being a registered nurse is a challenging path with long hours and intense emotional toll. However, it comes with great career growth you can pursue and rare opportunities of making a tangible difference in people’s lives. 

Starting salaries are around $50K that moves into the 6-figure range as you gain more experience. Another great benefit is that global mobility could easily be attained given that RNs are generally always in high demand in many countries. 



Hospitality is a lucrative industry for both casual and full-time workers across Australia and New Zealand. But New Zealand is experiencing a serious shortage of qualified chefs as its tourism industry is hitting new heights. 

Chefs are needed in restaurants, hotels, catering, corporations, small businesses (cafes and bars), and even militaries. They could also host private cooking lessons on the side. Being a chef can be a passport to travel and there is no special training required. But as with any other profession, the more real-life training as well as studies you put into it, the more likely you will find better opportunities. 

Average salary of a chef is hard to determine as you may start as a cook with $50K starting salary but if you get a head chef position somewhere famous, the growth is exponential. Many also go on to open their own restaurants or food trucks.