Top 5 Occupations
|Occupation||This Industry||All Industries|
|Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers||45,200||79,900|
|Metal Fitters and Machinists||28,300||108,600|
|Food and Drink Factory Workers||25,800||29,600|
More than one third of Manufacturing workers were born overseas
Manufacturing employment fell over the past five years, continuing a long term decline. Nonetheless, this industry continues to employ a significant number of Australians and there have been new jobs created in some sectors such as Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (up by 31,000), Wood Product Manufacturing (10,200) and Food Product Manufacturing (9,600).
Holding a certificate III or higher vocational qualification is common in this industry, and there are opportunities to undertake training (with 23,700 apprentices and trainees employed in this industry in 2017).
Manufacturing employment is projected to fall over the five years to May 2022 (down by 4.2%).
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees
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