Top 5 Machinery Operator and Driver Occupations
|Top 5 Machinery Operator and Driver Occupations|
|Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers||48,500|
Top 5 Employing Industries
|Top 5 Employing Industries|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||36.6%|
Machinery Operators and Drivers operate machines, plant, vehicles and other equipment to perform a range of agricultural, manufacturing and construction functions, and transport passengers and freight.
This is the smallest occupation group, accounting for 6% of national employment. Employment increased by 5.1% or 35,700 over the five years to November 2015, below the all occupations average growth rate of 6.4%. Very few new jobs are expected to be created for Machinery Operators and Drivers over the five years to November 2020 (up by 7,700 or 1.0%).
The Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry is a major source of demand for these workers, employing more than one in three. Manufacturing also employs large numbers.
Post-school qualifications are not generally required for Machinery Operators and Drivers jobs, however, tickets and licences are mandatory for many occupations.
Women hold just 10% of jobs (the lowest of any occupation group) and few workers are employed part-time (15%). The workforce is relatively older, with a low proportion of workers aged 15 to 24 years (9%) and a high proportion aged 45 years and over (49%).
Educational attainment, Machinery Operators and Drivers (% of occupation total)
Age profile, Machinery Operators and Drivers (% of occupation total)
Employment by occupation subgroup, Machinery Operators and Drivers
|Employment||Employment Profile||Projected Employment|
|Employ't Nov 2015||5 year change to Nov 2015||Female||Aged 15 to 24 years||Aged 45 years and over||5 year change to Nov 2020|
|Machine and Stationary Plant Operators||167.1||1.9||1.2||15||8||44||-26.0||-15.5|
|Mobile Plant Operators||131.5||-9.4||-6.7||3||11||41||-4.4||-3.4|
|Road and Rail Drivers||313.5||30.3||10.7||6||6||57||26.7||8.5|
|All Machinery Operators and Drivers1||741.8||35.7||5.1||10||9||49||7.7||1.0|
1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.