Machinery Operators and Drivers

This image shows that there were 741,800 people employed as Machinery Operators and Drivers at November 2015, down 2.4% since 2014 and up 5.1% since 2010. 39% of jobs were regional. Employment of Machinery Operators and Drivers is projected to grow by 1.0% over the next 5 years.
741,800
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
2.4 since 2014
5.1 since 2010
Projected to increase by 1.0% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Machinery Operator and Driver Occupations

Top 5 Machinery Operator and Driver Occupations
Top 5 Machinery Operator and Driver Occupations
Truck Drivers 173,000
Storepersons 124,300
Forklift Drivers 60,700
Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers 48,500
Delivery Drivers 46,000

Top 5 Employing Industries

Top 5 Employing Industries
Top 5 Employing Industries
Transport, Postal and Warehousing 36.6%
Manufacturing 14.8%
Construction 9.2%
Mining 9.0%
Wholesale Trade 8.3%

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)

Shows the share of educational attainment in the Machinery Operators and Drivers workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 8%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 32%. No post-school qualification 55%. Other qualification 5%.All occupations average: Bachelor degree or higher 31%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 32%. No post-school qualification 32%. Other qualification 5%.

Age profile, Machinery Operators and Drivers (% of occupation total)

Shows age profile of the Machinery Operators and Drivers workforce.  15-24 years 9%. 25-34 years 19%. 35-44 years 23%. 45-54 years 26%. Aged 55 years and over 23%. All occupations average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment by occupation subgroup, Machinery Operators and Drivers

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
Occupation subgroup '000 '000 % % % % '000 %
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
Storepersons 124.3 18.1 17.0 20 17 40 11.4 9.1
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.