Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

Australian Jobs 2021

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

Annual Employment Growth (%)

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services is a relatively small employing industry, accounting for around 1% of Australian jobs. This industry covers electricity supply, generation, transmission and distribution, gas supply, water supply as well as sewerage and waste disposal.

The electricity supply sector is responsible for the generation of electricity as well as its transmission and distribution. It is also responsible for arranging the sale of electricity via power distribution systems operated by others. With around 90% of national energy currently coming from the burning of fossil fuels, employment opportunities will exist moving forward as the industry identifies ways which will allow Australians to produce more of its electricity from renewable sources.

Top employing occupations

Occupation This industry All industries
Truck Drivers 10,600 160,500
Electricians 8,300 175,900
Electrical Engineers 6,000 29,100
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 5,500 5,600
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 4,100 123,000
Building and Plumbing Labourers 3,400 63,200
Other Specialist Managers 3,300 52,200
Plumbers 3,300 84,600
Other Stationary Plant Operators 3,200 20,100
Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators 3,200 10,600
Metal Fitters and Machinists 3,200 106,000
Other Factory Process Workers 2,900 14,800
ICT Managers 2,800 84,400
General Clerks 2,800 311,200
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 2,400 156,500
Other Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers 2,400 76,800
Other Building and Engineering Technicians 2,300 35,100
Information Officers 2,300 88,300
Office Managers 2,200 115,900
Software and Applications Programmers 2,200 150,700

This industry has a highly skilled workforce, with nearly three quarters of the workforce having a post-school qualification (78%). The VET sector is the main training pathway and entry into this industry is predominantly though the completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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