Professionals

This image shows that there were 2,728,400 people employed as Professionals at November 2015, up 4.2% since 2014 and up 13.4% since 2010. 24% of jobs were regional. Employment of Professionals is projected to grow by 14.5% over the next 5 years.
2,728,400
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
4.2 since 2014
13.4 since 2010
Projected to increase by 14.5% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Professional Occupations

Top 5 Professional Occupations
Top 5 Professional Occupations
Registered Nurses 257,400
Accountants 188,100
Primary School Teachers 147,500
Secondary School Teachers 134,000
Software and Applications Programmers 98,300

Top 5 Employing Industries

Top 5 Employing Industries
Top 5 Employing Industries
Health Care and Social Assistance 22.9%
Education and Training 22.0%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 20.4%
Public Administration and Safety 6.7%
Finance and Insurance Services 5.7%

Professionals is a diverse and highly skilled group, covering a broad range of occupations including those specialising in medicine and health, engineering, teaching and law. Professionals work in every industry but three industries, Health Care and Social Assistance, Education and Training and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services together employ almost two thirds of all Professionals.

One in every four Australian workers is a Professional, making this the largest employing occupation group. It also provided the largest number of new jobs over the five years to November 2015 (up by 322,500 or 13.4%), with Health Professionals accounting for one in three new jobs. Employment fell, though, for Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals (down by 3.2% or 12,100).

This group is expected to dominate future employment growth, with 396,400 new Professional jobs expected to be created over the five years to November 2020. The largest numbers of jobs are projected for Health Professionals (up by 125,100).

The vast majority of occupations in this group require study at university and attainment of a bachelor degree or higher, with 74% of Professionals holding this level of qualification.

Not only has demand increased for these occupations, there has also been a rise in potential new supply, with strong growth in university enrolments over recent years and in the number of people completing a bachelor degree. In some Professional occupations, there is now strong applicant competition for graduate level positions and more than adequate supplies of qualified workers. Consistent with this, bachelor degree graduate employment outcomes have fallen over recent years.

Women have a large share of Professional jobs (54%), although there is some variation across subgroups. They comprise 74% of Health Professionals but just 18% of ICT Professionals.

Professionals are more likely to work full-time than other workers. Around a quarter of Professional jobs are in regional areas, the lowest proportion of any occupation group. Nonetheless, due to the large size of this group, there are around 650,000 Professional jobs in regional Australia.

Relatively few Professionals are aged 15 to 24 years, likely reflecting the time taken to train for these occupations after completing school. There are, though, about 190,000 Professionals in this age group, with 20,400 Registered Nurses, 17,400 Accountants and 10,200 Primary School Teachers.

Educational attainment, Professionals (% of occupation total)

Shows the share of educational attainment in the Professionals workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 74%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 15%. No post-school qualification 8%. Other qualification 3%.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, Professionals (% of occupation total)

Shows age profile of the Professionals workforce.  15-24 years 7%. 25-34 years 29%. 35-44 years 26%. 45-54 years 20%. Aged 55 years and over 18%. 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, Professionals

Employment by occupation subgroup, Professionals
  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 subroup '000 '000 % % % % '000 %
Arts and Media Professionals 104.6 16.3 18.4 45 12 37 11.6 11.1
Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals 648.3 69.9 12.1 49 7 34 92.9 14.3
Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals 367.6 -12.1 -3.2 28 8 34 22.5 6.1
Education Professionals 550.5 60.0 12.2 72 7 44 68.7 12.5
Health Professionals 576.1 113.5 24.5 74 7 43 125.1 21.7
ICT Professionals 247.1 49.6 25.1 18 4 30 36.9 14.9
Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals 214.9 24.6 12.9 62 4 42 35.8 16.7
All Professionals1 2,728.4 322.5 13.4 54 7 38 396.4 14.5

1. Some data are trend and, for these, totals do not add

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 Education and Training, Higher Education Student Data Collection; Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections; Department of Employment, Skill Shortage Research; Graduate Careers Australia, GradStats 2015