Best Courses to Study in Australia Based on the Skilled Migration Occupation List 2019

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What is the skilled migration occupation list?

The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is one of the factors that is considered for immigration purposes in Australia. To fulfill the skilled migration to Australia, it is advisable to choose an occupation with a high ranking in the SOL.

The Australian government reviews this list regularly and determines which occupation needs to add or remove from the SOL to meet the needs of the economy of Australia annually.

Want to know more about migrating to Australia? Read more here.

Education in Australia

Australia, the nation down under, known to be a great tourist destination and one of the best places to kick-start your academic career. Did you know Australia has some of the highest top ranking universities in the world such as University of Melbourne and University of Sydney. Along with the educational benefits, students get to secure a good part-time income early in their academic career and build their experience as they study. 

Not to mention, Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, such as Bondi Beach in Sydney and Gold Coast in Queensland and with that extra incomes, students can take the opportunity to discover all the amazing destinations in Australia and even South East Asia.

Find out more about why you should study in Australia: Why Australia is the best place to study abroad?

Great news for all those deciding to migrate to Australia!


The Australian government added these new and interesting occupations to the SOL occupations list 2019:

1. Economist

The job description of an economist is to study the reason behind an organisation’s decisions and delves into handling the data which could potentially boost profits, conduct research and create better public policies.

Often, banks and financial institutes rely heavily on individuals who can analyse risk investment and manage lending practices. Additionally, economists may also focus on customer and company spending to strategically boost profits and make evaluated financial decisions.

Studying economics teaches how to make well-informed decisions. It revolves around the process of decision making: what should be done to fix budget deficits; how to be able to raise profit margins and so on.

Salaries of economics graduates are among the highest of most professions. According to The Institute for Fiscal Studies, “economics is the second most lucrative degree subject after using anonymous tax data and student loan records for 260,000 students up to ten years after graduation”

Watch this short video below to know why being an Economist is beneficial:

2. Statistician

The role of a statistician is to analyse data and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to solve various problems in industries such as business, engineering, healthcare etc. This field provides some of the technique to evaluate ideas, theory testing and discovering truth based on factual data.

According to sources, the overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow 33 per cent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Quantitative skills are in high demand throughout the world and have excellent career prospects for graduates who take up double majors including statistics as one of their majors.

3. Multimedia specialist

If you like analysing, designing and developing Internet sites and have a burst of creativity within you, then a specialised degree in Multimedia is the one for you. This profession requires you to learn various skills like designing and developing digital animations, imaging, presentations, games and internet applications.

With the rise of social media and the increase of online users, the need for multimedia artists is now growing more than ever before. Every industry is looking for people to handle all the IT part of interactivity as well as creative minds that help design it. additionally, advancements and competition in animation and visual effects are also creating a need for multimedia specialists to take up intensive courses that would improve their skills even further

Read more about the top 10 most popular degree choices in Australia here

Top Australian Universities to study these courses:

UniversityCourseIndicative Annual Fees (2019)
University of SydneyBachelor of EconomicsAUD 40,500
La Trobe University, MelbourneBachelor of Politics, Philosophy and EconomicsAUD 30,400
University of MelbourneBachelor of Commerce (Economics Major)AUD 42,912
Queensland University of TechnologyBachelor of Mathematics (Statistics Major)AUD 32,400
Griffith University, Gold CoastBachelor of Creative and Interactive MediaAUD 28,500

*Please note the fees shown are only indicative of data from online websites. For exact fees structure and amount, please contact Excel Education.

Can’t find a university in your budget? Click here to find the most affordable universities in Australia for international students.

Need help applying for a scholarship? Check this article out and you’ll be good to go: Tips on applying for a scholarship to Australia


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