Information Media and Telecommunications

This image 17% of jobs are regional. 11% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 14% of workers are self-employed.

43% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 26% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 27% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

While Information Media and Telecommunications is a relatively small industry (representing around 2% of employment within Australia), it has a diverse profile and includes businesses such as newspaper and internet publishers, television and radio broadcasters, and telecommunications infrastructure and networks.

Employment is predominantly located in Sydney or Melbourne, but around one in five jobs are in regional Australia. It is a highly skilled workforce, with more than two thirds having a post-school qualification. Around 45% of workers are Professionals, 17% are Technicians and Trades Workers, 15% are Managers, and a further 12% are Clerical and Administrative Workers.

Top Employing Occupations

Telecommunications Trades Workers
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors
Journalists and Other Writers
Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
ICT Managers
Software and Applications Programmers
Performing Arts Technicians
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators
Contract, Program and Project Administrators
Computer Network Professionals
Advertising and Marketing Professionals
Ticket Salespersons
General Clerks
Sales Representatives
ICT Sales Assistants
Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians

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While qualifications are generally mandatory for the more technical roles, employers in some sectors of the industry (for example, publishing and broadcasting) may also value prior experience. A portfolio is a good way to present evidence of your relevant skills and abilities. 

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