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|
|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|
|ICT Sales Assistants|
|Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians|
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.