Top 5 Technicians and Trades Worker Occupations
|Top 5 Technicians and Trades Worker Occupations|
|Carpenters and Joiners||123,900|
|Metal Fitters and Machinists||117,200|
Top 5 Employing Industries
|Top 5 Employing Industries|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||6.0%|
|Accommodation and Food Services||6.0%|
Technicians and Trades Workers perform a variety of skilled tasks, applying broad or in-depth technical, trade or industry specific knowledge in construction, manufacturing, scientific, engineering and other activities. Some of these occupations, particularly Technicians, provide support to Professionals.
More than 1.7 million Australians work as a Technician and Trades Worker (15% of total employment). Employment increased by 5.2% or 85,100 over the five years to November 2015, with rises in all subgroups. Food Trades Workers recorded the largest number of new jobs (17,300 or 11.1%).
Over the five years to November 2020, employment of Technicians and Trades Workers is projected to rise at a similar rate (up by 5.5% or 95,900), but with some job losses for Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers (down by 18,100 or 4.9%).
Around 60% of Technicians and Trades Workers are employed in three industries, Construction, Manufacturing and Other Services (which includes automotive repair and maintenance).
Women have a low share of Technicians and Trades Workers jobs, but they have a higher share in particular occupations, such as Veterinary Nurses (99% are female), Florists (89%) and Hairdressers (88%).
Most Technicians and Trades Workers are employed full-time and 35% of jobs are located outside capital cities.
The vocational education and training (VET) sector is the main supplier of skills for Technicians and Trades Workers. Around 62% of these workers have a certificate III or higher VET qualification. Australian Apprenticeships provide an important training pathway for many of these occupations.
Young workers (aged 15 to 24 years) comprise 18% of Technicians and Trades Workers (compared with 16% across all occupations), with many of these workers (182,200) being apprentices or trainees.
Around 34% of workers are aged 45 years and over (compared with 39% across all occupations).
Educational attainment, Technicians and Trades Workers (% of occupation total)
Age profile, Technicians and Trades Workers (% of occupation total)
Employment by occupation subgroup, Technicians and Trades Workers
|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|
|Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians||235.2||14.8||6.7||25||9||41||22.4||9.5|
|Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers||372.9||16.2||4.6||1||18||36||-18.1||-4.9|
|Construction Trades Workers||382.6||10.5||2.8||1||22||30||29.5||7.7|
|Electrotechnology and Telecommunication Trades Workers||251.0||15.1||6.4||2||21||30||28.9||11.5|
|Food Trades Workers||172.9||17.3||11.1||30||18||28||22.7||13.1|
|Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers||120.7||4.4||3.8||30||19||36||8.7||7.2|
|Other Technicians and Trades Workers||189.2||3.4||1.8||47||19||39||1.3||0.7|
|All Technicians and Trades Workers1||1,733.3||85.1||5.2||15||18||34||95.9||5.5|
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; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees; ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations