Mining is an important industry in terms of its export revenue, but it is a relatively small employing industry (accounting for around 2% of Australia’s jobs). Mining employment has fallen for much of the past five years, but has recovered strongly over the past year. Full-time work is very common in this industry.
Employment is concentrated in Western Australia and Queensland and a significant share of jobs are located in regional areas. Workers in this industry often travel to remote areas for work, with fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) arrangements common.
Post-school qualifications are often required (43% of workers hold a Certificate III or higher vocational qualification and 24% hold a bachelor degree or higher). More than one third of workers are Machinery Operators and Drivers, 28% are Technicians and Trades Workers and 15% are Professionals.
Mining employment is projected to grow by 2.4% over the five years to May 2023.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections
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