This image shows that there were 255,800 people employed in Mining as at November 2018, down 4.5% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 2.4% over the five years to May 2023.
55% of jobs are regional. 6% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 3% of workers are self-employed. 24% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 43% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 28% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

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.

Mining, Annual employment growth (%)


Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers 46,300 57,100
Metal Fitters and Machinists 23,900 107,700
Truck Drivers 15,500 199,400
Other Building and Engineering Technicians 12,900 28,200
Electricians 10,400 145,000
Production Managers 8,400 55,400
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 7,300 72,100
Mining Engineers 6,200 9,200
Other Stationary Plant Operators 5,600 29,500
Earthmoving Plant Operators 5,300 50,600
Accountants 5,200 188,400
Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 4,900 7,600
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 4,600 131,100
Other Construction and Mining Labourers 4,400 6,400
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks 2,900 104,200
Storepersons 2,700 126,800
Structural Steel Construction Workers 2,500 27,700
Motor Mechanics 2,400 108,500
Human Resource Managers 2,300 55,900
Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 2,200 30,200

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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