Australia’s top 20 most-needed workers

Australia’s top 20 most-needed occupations in 2020

Seek has released a list of Australia’s top 20 most-needed workers in 2020.

COVID-19 has brought a high level of demand for skilled workers across a number of industries. The below list ranks the most-needed occupations from 1-20.

Most-needed workers


Current rank


Nursing-All roles 1
Warehousing, Storage & Distribution 2
Aged & Disability Support 3
Automotive Trades 4
Administrative Assistants 5
Sales Representatives / Consultants 6
Physiotherapy, OT & Rehabilitation 7
Childcare & Outside School Hours Care 8
Chefs / Cooks 9
Retail Assistants 10
Developers / Programmers 11
Mining – Engineering & Maintenance 12
Labourers 13
Road Transport 14
Psychology, Counselling & Social Work 15
Dental 16
Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services 17
Plant & Machinery Operators 18
Business / Systems Analysts 19
Mining – Operations 20

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