Information Media and Telecommunications

This image 16% of jobs are regional. 10% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 17% of workers are self-employed.
53% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 25% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 18% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.


Annual Employment Growth (%)

While Information Media and Telecommunications is a relatively small industry (representing around 1% of employment within Australia), it has a diverse profile and includes businesses such as newspaper and internet publishers, television and radio broadcasting, and telecommunications infrastructure and networks. Employment is mainly located in Sydney and Melbourne, but around one in six jobs are in regional Australia.

Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Telecommunications Trades Workers 13,300 15,000
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors 13,100 18,300
Journalists and Other Writers 12,400 27,900
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 8,300 14,400
Librarians 7,600 15,400
Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 7,600 12,900
ICT Managers 6,800 84,400
Software and Applications Programmers 6,100 150,700
Performing Arts Technicians 5,100 17,000
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 5,000 156,500
Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians 4,600 9,100
ICT Sales Assistants 4,100 16,300
General Managers 3,700 76,900
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators 3,700 54,100
Sales Assistants (General) 3,100 586,200
Library Assistants 3,100 6,500
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 3,000 123,000
Sales Representatives 3,000 65,900
Advertising and Marketing Professionals 3,000 88,900
Accountants 2,700 198,100

It is a highly skilled workforce, with more than three quarters having a post-school qualification.

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

Workers in this industry are typically interested in journalism, creative and technical writing, photography, video and music production and backstage production services, as well as computer programming, engineering and related technical and electronic support.

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