Career Change & Retraining

Skill Shortages in the Labor Market

In every region in every country there are skill shortages for essential workers. If you are looking for a new career, consider one where there is a vast shortage of skilled workers in that industry. That would definitely stack the odds in your favor.

Career coach Diane Huth recommends that some enterprising older workers retrain as crane drivers (two-week course) to get employment at $25 per hour. In Australia, trucking companies often have a workforce of mature workers.


In April 2021, an article on the ABC news website mentioned the ongoing skill-shortage of accountants, health professionals, specialized engineers, and secondary school teachers.

New Zealand

In New Zealand, as an example, these are the professional skill shortages identified by the government: Construction Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Telecommunications Engineer, Procurement Manager, Diagnostic Radiologist, Registered Nurse (aged care), ICT Project Manager, Chef, Environmental Research Scientist, Food Technologist, Automotive Electrician, and many more.


Among the list of current skilled shortages in Ontario, Canada are: Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Information Systems Analysts and Consultants, Database Analysts and Data Administrators, Systems Testing Technicians, Graphic Designers and Illustrators. The full list is below:

NOC CodeOccupation
0131Telecommunication Carriers Managers
0213Computer and Information Systems Managers
2133Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2147Computer Engineers (Except Software engineers and designers)
2171Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
2172Database Analysts and Data Administrators
2173Software Engineers and Designers
2174Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
2175Web Designers and Developers
2241Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2282User Support Technicians
2283Systems Testing Technicians
5224Broadcast Technicians
5241Graphic Designers and Illustrators
2281Computer Network Technicians