Top 5 Mining Occupations
|Top 5 Occupations||This Industry||All Industries|
|Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers||40,900||48,500|
|Metal Fitters and Machinists||24,500||117,200|
|Other Building and Engineering Technicians||12,400||25,400|
Mining is a small employing industry, with 225,800 workers (or 2% of national employment). Over the five years to November 2015, 25,000 new jobs were added in this industry (up by 12.5%), but employment peaked in November 2012 and has since fallen (down by 45,300 or 16.7%). Further job losses are expected over the five years to November 2020 (down by 14.1% or 31,900).
Mining jobs are concentrated in Western Australia and Queensland, with these two states accounting for around 70% of industry employment, and jobs are mainly in regional areas (56%).
Machinery Operators and Drivers and Technicians and Trades Workers are the main employing occupation groups, with each accounting for 30% of Mining jobs.
Most workers are male (86%) and part-time employment is rare (3% of workers are employed on this basis).
The workforce is highly skilled, with the vocational education and training (VET) sector being a key provider of skills. More than two in five workers hold a certificate III or higher VET qualification. The university sector also plays a key role in the provision of skills, with Professionals such as Mining Engineers and Geologists being vital to this industry.
There are relatively few jobs available for workers aged 15 to 24 years. They comprise 7% of industry employment (compared with 16% across all industries).
Educational attainment, Mining (% of industry total)
Age profile, Mining (% of industry total)
Employment projections by region, Mining, five years to November 2020 (% change)
For more information see lmip.gov.au
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification