Following decline for much of the past decade, Manufacturing employment has grown strongly over the past year and this industry continues to provide a significant number of jobs.
The largest employing sectors are Food Product Manufacturing (220,900 jobs) and Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing (124,200). Employment in this industry is typically full-time (84%).
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 2018).
Manufacturing employment is projected to rise slightly over the five years to May 2023 (up by 0.9%), with the Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing sector projected to have the strongest growth (up by 10.6%).
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees
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