There have been 74,700 new jobs added in this group over the past five years, with particularly strong growth experienced over the last three years.
The number of vacancies advertised on the internet for these workers is 19% higher than it was five years ago, but remains almost half the level recorded in 2008.
Post-school qualifications are often not essential to gain employment in this group, but tickets or licences are mandatory for many positions.
This occupation group is mostly male and the age profile is relatively old (one in four workers is aged 55 years or older).
Employment in this group is projected to grow by 4.3% over the five years to May 2023 (below the 7.1% growth projected across all occupations).
Sources: ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Internet Vacancy Index
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