Information Media and Telecommunications

This image shows that there were 227,100 people employed in Information Media and Telecommunications as at November 2018, up 16.5% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 4.7% over the five years to May 2023.
17% of jobs are regional. 12% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 14% of workers are self-employed. 45% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 25% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 3% of workers hold an other qualification. 27% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Information Media and Telecommunications is a small employing, but diverse industry that includes businesses engaged in newspaper and Internet publishing, television and radio broadcasting, and telecommunications infrastructure and networks.

Employment is concentrated in metropolitan areas, particularly Sydney and Melbourne. There has been relatively strong employment growth in this industry over the past five years.

The workforce is relatively skilled and post-school qualifications are often required. Around 41% of workers are Professionals, 17% are Technicians and Trades Workers, 14% are Clerical and Administrative Workers, and a further 14% are Managers.

This industry is projected to have below average employment growth over the five years to May 2023 (up by 4.7%, compared with 7.1% across all industries).

Information Media and Telecommunications, Annual employment growth (%)

Information Media and Telecommunications

Information Media and Telecommunications
Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Telecommunications Trades Workers 18,900 27,700
Journalists and Other Writers 11,800 22,200
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors 11,300 14,800
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 9,100 13,200
ICT Managers 8,000 51,600
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 7,100 141,200
Librarians 6,800 13,900
Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 6,700 13,100
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators 5,900 62,800
ICT Sales Assistants 5,900 17,000
Sales Representatives 5,700 84,300
Computer Network Professionals 5,300 37,700
Ticket Salespersons 4,800 16,700
Performing Arts Technicians 4,800 14,600
Software and Applications Programmers 3,800 123,200
Library Assistants 3,800 8,400
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 3,700 131,100
Information Officers 3,700 86,900
Advertising and Marketing Professionals 3,700 74,000
General Clerks 3,500 281,800

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Employment Projections

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