Engineering Your Career to Residency Option Worldwide

Engineering provides the infrastructure for the well-being and economic development of every nation: a civil society, industrial revolution and progress that electrify the imagination towards progress.

Licensed engineers come from graduates who made it through college after being accepted as enrollees: such is the academic journey.

In the academic year 2010-2011 only 58,637 of 354,218 Philippine Engineering and Technology students graduated nationwide.  These graduates in turn take licensure for the specific engineering category from civil to mechanical and other fields.  Then the search for jobs begin at home or overseas – the beginning of the career pathway stage.

 For the 16% who made it through college and on to licensure (here the percentage of passers decrease) opportunities have never been varied – and in abundance – worldwide.

Engineering Occupations in Demand in Alberta, Canada

Alberta describes itself as “one of the strongest economies in Canada, which presents great opportunities for workers with needed skills. But the economic advantages don’t end there — Alberta’s affordable cost of living and low taxes help make it a great place to live and raise a family.”

The following classes of engineers are in short supply and in Alberta and are therefore in the frontline of professionals qualified to apply for permanent residency through the provincial nomination program of Canada.  For updated information on Canada’s permanent residency selection system and how you may qualify, click here


The president of the Business Council of Australia, Catherine Livingstone, told the National Press Club last month that “an estimated 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations, including those in the creative industries and humanities, will require STEM-related skills and knowledge”.  Senator Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Industry stated on May 15, 2015 that “without sufficient engineering and technical talent and expertise, Australians will cease to innovate.”

Australia needs engineers to fill the gap created by a divide between the digital literacy of young Australians and government foresight.  Livingston noted that Australia’s competitor nations are turning out engineers faster than Australia is .

“If we want increased productivity and participation, we need urgently to embark on a 10-year plan to close that gap,” Livingston concluded.

It is not surprising then that Engineers occupy a priority and preference seat in Australia’s list of skilled occupations eligible for permanent residency. 

The following categories of engineers are on the Skilled Occupations List (for qualified independent skilled migrant applicants) and the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List – a compendium of the shortage occupations from all states and territories of Australia. To find out which Australian State or Territory engineers are in short supply, click here -


To the left and further down under of Australia, New Zealand also has staked a claim for the world’s supply of qualified engineers.

To sweeten the deal, New Zealand has a student to employment to residency pathway in place for students taking up engineering and related courses. And the cost of studying in New Zealand is more affordable than Australia. 

The best thing is that both countries, Australia and New Zealand share the same criteria for occupational classification. This means that your New Zealand academic credentials is recognized in Australia – and vice versa. Permanent residents in New Zealand may practice their engineering and related occupations in Australia.

New Zealand’s Long Term Skills Shortage List shows the following categories of Engineers eligible to apply for permanent residency during or after completion of required academic studies.

Check the most current official information on New Zealand migration through skills and profession here -

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About the Author

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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