This image shows 33% of jobs are regional. 15% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 37% of workers are self-employed.

12% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 50% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 3% of workers hold an other qualification. 35% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Construction is one of Australia’s largest employing industries, with employment opportunities available at all skill and experience levels across the country. The most common entry into this industry is through the completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship, which is reflected in the workforce’s educational attainment (50% of workers possess a certificate III or higher VET qualification).

Just over one in three workers, though, do not possess any post-school qualifications and 16% of the workforce are Labourers which suggests there are some good entry level opportunities.

Top employing occupations

Carpenters and Joiners
Construction Managers
Building and Plumbing Labourers
Painting Trades Workers
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
Earthmoving Plant Operators
Civil Engineering Professionals
Bricklayers and Stonemasons
General Clerks
Insulation and Home Improvement Installers
Office Managers
Accounting Clerks
Truck Drivers
Wall and Floor Tilers

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This industry offers plenty of opportunities for self-employment, and more than one in three workers report being their own boss. More information on self-employment.

Construction has the lowest percentage of female employment of any industry within Australia (13%).

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work