If you’re one of those wise people who has done vocational training then finding a job in Australia shouldn’t be too difficult.

If it’s in nursing then perhaps, well, nursing would be a good way to go? With a recognised Nursing Degree or Diploma you’ll find you’re a popular traveller as Australia still has a strong demand for health workers.

“The healthcare industry requires reliability,” says healthcare expert Tracy Thorp from Chandler Macleod Health. The great thing about being wanted is that it can make life very flexible. As a nurse in Australia, you don’t have to sign up to a full time position. Agencies will be searching for reliable people who have good references. “Strong communication skills, the ability to work well under pressure and an empathetic nature are qualities that we look for in a worker,” continues Tracy.

Nurses must be registered with the nurses registration board and care workers must have a current first aid certificate. There are plenty of opportunities to get qualifications and training in Australia, either through educational institutions or through recruitment agencies in the nursing sector.

So how much can you expect to be paid? Rates vary depending in which sector a nurse is working (i.e., in aged care or in a private hospital), and whether the employer pays above the award. A nurse who is working full time can make $1,500 per week. “Temporary placements are usually more highly paid,” says Tracy.