Top employing industries in Queensland
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|
|Darling Downs - Maranoa||27||46||14||25||18||39||42|
|Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday||27||45||14||18||14||36||46|
|Queensland - Outback||25||43||18||31||24||26||47|
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.