This image shows that there were 216,500 people employed in Mining as at November 2017, down 3.1% since November 2016 and 19.6% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 2.4% over the five years to May 2022.
56% of jobs are regional (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
15% of workers are female (no change over 5 years).
72% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 5 percentage points over 5 years).
5% of jobs are part-time (up 2 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 40 years (up 1 year over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

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
Truck Drivers 10,900 208,300
Other Building and Engineering Technicians 10,200 20,400
Electricians 8,700 158,700

Employment, Mining (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Mining industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased strongly from 2003 to 2011 but has since fallen to 216,500 in November 2017.

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%).

Educational attainment, Mining (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Mining industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 22%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 46%. Other qualification 4%. No post-school qualification 28%.

Age profile, Mining (%)

Shows the age profile of the Mining workforce. 5% aged 15 to 24 years. 28% aged 25 to 34 years. 29% aged 35 to 44 years. 24% aged 45 to 54 years. 14% aged 55 years or older.

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

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