Machinery Operators and Drivers

This image shows that there were 799,500 people employed as Machinery Operators and Drivers as at November 2017, up 3.4% since November 2016 and 5.7% since November 2012.
38% of jobs are regional (down 2 percentage points over 5 years).
9% of workers are female (no change over 5 years).
44% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 5 percentage points over 5 years).
16% of jobs are part-time (up 4 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 45 years (up 1 year over 5 years).

Top 5 Machinery Operator and Driver Occupations

Top 5 Machinery Operator and Driver Occupations
Occupation Number
Truck Drivers 208,300
Storepersons 123,300
Automotive Drivers 57,000
Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers 54,600
Forklift Drivers 52,900

Employment, Machinery Operators and Drivers (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Machinery Operators and Drivers occupation group over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased steadily over this period to 799,500 in November 2017.

Employment growth for Machinery Operators and Drivers over the past five years was below the average for all occupations. Lower demand from the Manufacturing and Mining industries in recent years is likely to have affected employment of these workers.

The number of jobs advertised on the Internet for Machinery Operators and Drivers increased steadily over the past two years but remains almost half the level recorded in 2008.

Post-school qualifications are generally not required, but tickets or licences are mandatory for many positions. This occupation group is mostly male and the age profile is relatively old.

Employment in this group is projected to grow by 3.6% over the five years to May 2022 (below the 7.8% growth projected across all occupations).

Educational attainment, Machinery Operators and Drivers (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Machinery Operators and Drivers workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 6%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 30%. Other qualification 8%. No post-school qualification 56%.

Age profile, Machinery Operators and Drivers (%)

Shows the age profile of the Machinery Operators and Drivers workforce. 9% aged 15 to 24 years. 20% aged 25 to 34 years. 21% aged 35 to 44 years. 25% aged 45 to 54 years. 25% aged 55 years or older.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupation Employment Projections; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Internet Vacancy Index

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