Australian Jobs 2021


Annual Employment Growth (%)

Australia’s Manufacturing industry is a very diverse sector and covers the manufacture of food and beverages, petroleum and coal, polymer products, machinery, furniture and more.

While it is common for workers to hold a certificate III or higher VET qualification, employers in this industry also value trade experience and practical knowledge. This is shown by the sizeable proportion of workers who do not have post-school qualifications (more than a third of the workforce). While almost 100,000 young people are employed in Manufacturing, they represent a relatively small part of this industry (11% are aged 15 to 24 years old).

Top employing occupations

Occupation This industry All industries
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 49,400 77,500
Production Managers 38,300 61,500
Packers 31,400 71,300
Metal Fitters and Machinists 30,400 106,000
Food and Drink Factory Workers 24,500 29,900
Cabinetmakers 23,100 25,700
Product Assemblers 19,600 22,200
Manufacturers 19,300 24,400
Sales Assistants (General) 19,000 586,200
Bakers and Pastrycooks 18,900 39,600
Storepersons 17,800 137,900
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks 17,500 94,000
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers 17,400 156,500
Forklift Drivers 16,900 61,400
Accounting Clerks 14,300 144,100
Sales Representatives 14,100 65,900
Engineering Production Workers 13,900 14,600
Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers 13,400 17,100
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 12,500 41,400
Printers 10,600 12,900

Employment in this industry is typically full-time (83%). There are a range of job opportunities in the Manufacturing industry, across different levels of skill and experience. Most workers in the industry are employed as Technicians and Trades Workers (27%), Labourers (18%) or Managers (17%).

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