Queensland

The Queensland graphic shows 50% of jobs are regional. 15% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 18% of workers are self-employed.

The Queensland graphic shows 28% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 34% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 4% of workers hold an other qualification. 34% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Top employing industries in Queensland

Industry
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Construction
Education and Training
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Public Administration and Safety
Manufacturing
Accommodation and Food Services
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Other Services
Wholesale Trade
Financial and Insurance Services
Administrative and Support Services
Mining
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
Arts and Recreation Services
Information Media and Telecommunications
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

Queensland is the third largest employing state in Australia, with around half the jobs located in Brisbane and a further 13% in the Gold Coast area.

Given the size and diversity of the Queensland economy, employment opportunities exist across all industries. Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry in Queensland, with 15% of the state’s employment. There are many roles within this industry that do not require medical qualifications or extensive prior experience. Some of these include Receptionists, General Clerks, Kitchenhands and Commercial Cleaners.

Construction is another large employer, representing around 10% of total employment.

Workers in Queensland are less likely to hold a bachelor degree or higher than the national average, but are more likely to have a certificate III or higher vocational qualification. There is a higher proportion of females employed in this state than the national average and around one in three Queensland workers are employed part-time.

It is worth noting that Queenslanders are more likely to be self-employed than workers in the rest of Australia, with around one in five employed Queenslanders working as their own boss. If you are Australia’s next top young entrepreneur, please see self-employment and entrepreneurship on the government programs which may help you reach your self-employment ambitions.

Employment by region, Queensland

  Employment Profile Workforce Educational Profile
  Part-time Female Aged 15 to 24 years Aged 55 years or older Bachelor degree or higher Cert III or higher VET qual No post-school qual
Region % % % % % % %
Greater Brisbane 30 48 15 17 34 31 31
Cairns 31 49 14 21 28 33 38
Darling Downs - Maranoa 27 46 14 25 18 39 42
Fitzroy 26 47 16 22 21 40 35
Gold Coast 34 49 16 18 23 38 36
Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday 27 45 14 18 14 36 46
Queensland - Outback 25 43 18 31 24 26 47
Sunshine Coast 40 50 15 26 26 39 31
Toowoomba 32 49 11 20 23 30 37
Townsville 32 48 16 21 16 41 38
Wide Bay 37 50 15 28 14 39 39
Queensland 31 48 15 19 28 34 34
Australia 31 47 15 19 33 30 32

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