Top 5 Occupations
|Occupation||This Industry||All Industries|
|Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers||47,200||54,600|
|Metal Fitters and Machinists||22,400||108,600|
|Other Building and Engineering Technicians||10,200||20,400|
Mining is an important industry in terms of its export revenue, but only provides around 2% of Australia’s jobs. Employment is concentrated in Western Australia and Queensland. Employment fell over the past five years, although it remains relatively high by historical standards.
Around 34% of workers in this industry are Machinery Operators and Drivers, 28% are Technicians and Trades Workers and 16% are Professionals. Post-school education is often required (46% of workers have a certificate III or higher vocational qualification and 22% have a bachelor degree or higher).
Mining is projected to have modest employment growth over the five years to May 2022 (up by 2.4%).
Did you know?
Mining workers often travel to remote areas for work, with fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) arrangements common
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
For more information see lmip.gov.au