The Five Jobs Australians Want Most This Year

The Five Jobs Australians Want Most This Year

New year, new job. According to online job searches company Indeed, the number of people looking for a new job in January has jumped 52% year-on-year. Here are the jobs that were searched for the most.

In terms of countries ranked by size of new year job search spike, Australia came in eighth, according to Indeed’s data.

When you break that data down into what jobs were searched for the most in Australia, nursing topped the list. It has seen a 627.4% increase in job searches. Incidentally, Nursing is one of the top jobs listed on the Australian National Skill shortage list.

Here’s the top 5 list of jobs that have seen the biggest spike in searches in January:

  1. Nurses (627.4% year-on-year)
  2. Teachers (266.7% year-on-year)
  3. Data Scientist (137.9% year-on-year)
  4. Flight Attendant
  5. Train Driver (79.8% year-on-year)

Train drivers is an interesting entry on the list. According to Indeed:

“The unexpected resurgence of mining companies in 2016 seems to have led to a renewed interest in train driver roles with an 80% increase in jobseeker interest. Which may not be a surprise when you consider that at the height of the mining boom in Western Australia, train drivers were earning over $100,000, making them among highest paid in the world.”

Are you looking for a new job this year? Let us know in the comments.


  • I’ve been trying to get into the rail industry as a train driver since about 2011, in pretty much every state in the country. So incredibly hard to get a look in.
    To hear interest in this industry is up is pretty disappointing. There is enough competition already.

  • The reason behind the increase in train drivers is also in response to State commuter rail projects (NSW, QLD) failing to increase driver numbers before the completion of new rail projectcs. The rest of the states are also following suit and shoring up their numbers cause of those dramas

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