Machinery Operators and Drivers operate machines and vehicles and are mainly employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Manufacturing and Construction. More than one third of workers in this group are employed in regional Australia.
Top employing occupations
|Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers|
|Earthmoving Plant Operators|
|Bus and Coach Drivers|
|Train and Tram Drivers|
|Other Machine Operators|
|Engineering Production Workers|
|Other Stationary Plant Operators|
|Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators|
|Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators|
|Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators|
|Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators|
|Other Mobile Plant Operators|
|Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators|
Post-school qualifications are often not essential to gain employment in this group, but tickets or licences are mandatory for many positions. Employers value employability skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, creativity and initiative.
This occupation group is mostly male (89% of the workforce) and the age profile is relatively old (more than one in four workers is aged 55 years or older).
Sources: ABS, Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations; ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work; ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); National Skills Commission, Employers' Recruitment Insights.