Skilled Migrants – Top 5 Sought After Skills


When it comes to immigrating to a different country, there are usually a lot of hoops to jump through. Often, there will be financial implications, a lot of paperwork, and in some cases waiting times that can exceed years.

In many countries, these aforementioned burdens may be eased if you have a certain set of skills, training, or qualifications. Immigration services work closely with government aides to decipher what their country needs to maintain economic stability highlighting areas, or industries that may benefit from an influx of skilled workers.

Having relevant skills, experience or education will almost certainly put you in a better position for acceptance and in some cases even fast-track your entry into the country. These are subject to change as markets and economies shift.

There are, however, some safe bets if you look by sector. We’ve rounded up what we believe to be the top five sectors to work in, to aid your bid for acceptance.


Healthcare professionals are sought after the world over. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that healthcare professionals and will continue to be in demand. Professions such as nurses, medical assistants, and carers are in one of the best positions as skilled migrant workers. This sector has come into high demand especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IT Specialists

With technology on an exponential upward trajectory, the demand for IT Specialists remains high on the list. Computer programmers, software engineers, IT consultants, or any number of roles within the IT industry can place you in a favored position. With entire towns such as Silicon Valley in the U.S. almost exclusively reliant on the technology, software, and internet industries, IT specialists have often highly sought after.


Aerospace engineers, physics professionals, flight technicians, and technical communications specialists are big businesses, especially in the U.S. with advancements in space travel a huge part of the country’s strategies for the future. In addition, their huge network of domestic flights sees the aerospace industry struggling to meet its demand due to an unsaturated job market.


Education is an important cornerstone of any society. Almost every level of educator from infant through to college and university professors can expect to score highly with immigration services. Secondary school teachers are favoured highly in Canada, whilst in the U.S. almost 10% of teachers are from an immigrant background.

Construction and Agriculture

Construction and agriculture in some cases, offer opportunities for lower-skilled workers. The nature of the construction industry sees roles from highly skilled to low-skilled, often in demand. In the agricultural industry, some regions require many workers with experience in foreign farming or agriculture to meet the demands of the same industry in Canada.