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Studying in Australia is an experience by itself and will lead you to a wide range of career paths. The Australian qualification you gained will make you an attractive employee, not just to employers at home, but those in Australia and around the world as well.

There are many courses to study in Australia, with qualifications available at Vocational Education and Training (VET), undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Outlined below are some of the most popular fields of study chosen by international students coming to Australia:


Australia is a significant financial hub for the Asia region. There are excellent jobs available in Accounting, Banking and Finance in Australia. Most opportunities are in the central business districts of Sydney and Melbourne, but more recently there are a growing number of roles available in other major cites like Brisbane and Perth.

Accounting is vital to many organizations, so it’s no surprise that the field is such a popular choice among international students coming to Australia. In fact, more than half of Australia’s undergraduate accounting students are from overseas (The Good Universities Guide 2015).

There are three qualification levels in accounting:

The courses and employment opportunities available will depend on the level of qualification you complete.

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Business & Management

All business schools in Australia will teach and introduce you to various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, operation management, supply chain management etc.

Students with a business & management qualification are employed in many different workplaces — from government departments and banks to professional services firms, IT industry, shipping and cargo, publishers, fashion houses and the growing food insustry. Some graduates even go on to start their own businesses.

The career options available to graduates do not vary much across the qualification levels, although graduates of VET courses often find work in ‘paraprofessional’ support roles, instead of the professional roles available to higher education graduates. In some professional fields, such as finance, a degree may be required. Advancement to more senior roles may require additional qualifications, which can be gained through undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Computing & Information Technology

Australia is a nation of sophisticated ICT users who eagerly embrace new technology. The Australian market is used extensively by leading international companies to develop and trial new applications and they have acted to ensure that ICT systems are interoperable, secure, broadly available and contribute to productivity gains. From policies to encourage uptake of new technological solutions, to legislation to protect privacy and prevent spam, Australia is a location where companies can successfully develop solutions with global applications. Many international companies deliver solutions from Australia to both the region and the world, including: -

  • Avaya, Canon and IBM have built product development (R&D) facilities in Australia;
  • Google Maps and Warner Bros have used their bases in Australia to develop profitable international digital content for business and entertainment sectors;
  • Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, SAP research and CSC run advanced technical assistance centres for operations around the world from Australia;
  • Logica CMG, Reuters and Infosys have made Australia central to their global risk reduction strategies.
  • The Australian information and communications technology (ICT) industry is growing, which means that new courses and specialisations are constantly being created. Many international students enrol in computing and information technology degrees each year.
There are three qualification levels in computing and information technology:

Australian ICT graduates are employed in many different roles across all sorts of industries, from information technology firms to other organisations that require information technology expertise. Some graduates find work in information technology support roles in various types of workplaces all around the world.

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Creative Arts

Graduates of creative arts courses have many exciting career opportunities — both as artists and ‘behind the scenes’. Depending on the course or specialisation completed, graduates could find themselves working with :

  • Advertising agencies
  • Art galleries
  • Contemporary performance companies
  • Creative digital industries
  • Dance associations
  • Film production companies
  • Freelance choreography
  • Graphic design businesses
  • Marketing consultancies
  • Multimedia businesses
  • Museums
  • Performing arts centres
  • Television corporations
  • Video and film businesses
  • Web development companies
For more information about the creative arts field in Australia, visit the following websites:

Engineering and technology

Engineering and Technology field is one of the biggest in Australia and graduates find work in a diverse range of industries in Australia, from telecommunications to pharmaceuticals, mining to information technology. Traditionally, engineering has been divided into four broad disciplines: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. The profession has changed over time and there are now numerous sub-disciplines and emerging streams of engineering, such as environmental, geomatic, mining and software.

The engineering and technology field is one of the biggest in Australia. Many options of courses and  specialisations are  available in Australia means that there is something to suit everyone.

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Health services and rehabilitation

As the population lives longer and age groups with higher populations get older, long-term healthcare and preventive treatment as well as residential programs are needed more and more. There are wide variety of careers and occupations in the healthcare and medical field in Australia.

The health services and rehabilitation field provides a broad range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities. Graduates can find themselves working in many different types of healthcare settings, including hospitals, aged-care facilities, community health clinics, rehabilitation centres, sports clinics, fitness centres, and even in schools.

Depending on the qualification completed, graduates may work in roles that deliver, or assist to deliver, health services to patients (such as podiatrists, ambulance officers and pathology workers; roles that advise and educate people about health and wellbeing matters (including areas such as health promotion, public health, and occupational health and safety); or roles that focus on the administrative or management side of the field. The skills gained from a health services qualification can also be used outside of the industry, such as in a sales or administrative role.


The hospitality (including Tourism)  industry is a significant sector of the Australian economy.Over the past few years, the Australian hospitality, tourism and personal services industries have grown in size and sophistication, which is reflected in the wide variety of courses offered. New markets continue to emerge in niche areas such as gastronomy, ecotourism and wine tourism. In the past, many people within these industries were trained in the workplace, but now courses are offered at many institutions across Australia, including universities, TAFE institutes and private colleges.

Hospitality, tourism and personal services graduates work in a wide range of employment roles within their respective industries. Possible jobs include operational roles such as caterer, chef or cook, kitchen hand, waiter, bar attendant, hotel attendant, events coordinator, tour guide, wine makers, travel assistants, visitor information officer as well as management roles such as hotel manager and restaurant manager.


Nursing career that is both rewarding and versatile. As a nurse, you will encounter some people during the most difficult times of their lives and others during the most exciting times

Most people think of nurses as working exclusively in clinical practice (treating the sick or injured) and in hospitals, but there is a much wider variety of careers available. Nurses can work in hospital, community and industrial settings, including aged care facilities, community centres, factories, offices, schools, pharmaceutical companies and in patients’ homes. Many also work as nurse educators or nursing managers and administrators. There are also specialisations within clinical practice areas, such as emergency, aged care, mental health, midwifery, palliative care or intensive care.

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