Australian Jobs 2021


Annual Employment Growth (%)

Mining is an important industry in terms of its export revenue, but it is a relatively small employing industry (accounting for around 2% of Australian jobs). Employment is largely concentrated in Western Australia and Queensland, and the majority of jobs are located in regional areas. Exploration is a large component of the industry, with Western Australia currently being the major location for minerals exploration.

Top employing occupations

Occupations This industry All industries
Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers 47,500 57,100
Metal Fitters and Machinists 25,800 106,000
Other Building and Engineering Technicians 17,100 35,100
Electricians 11,100 175,900
Mining Engineers 9,400 15,400
Production Managers 9,300 61,500
Truck Drivers 9,200 160,500
Earthmoving Plant Operators 6,500 47,600
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 6,400 77,500
Other Construction and Mining Labourers 5,100 7,400
Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 4,800 13,000
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 4,600 41,400
Accountants 4,200 198,100
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 3,900 123,000
General Clerks 3,600 311,200
Engineering Managers 3,400 27,700
Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators 3,100 10,600
Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 2,700 27,200
Structural Steel Construction Workers 2,700 22,600
Office Managers 2,500 115,900

Western Australia also has more than 300 mining and petroleum projects in operation, which produce more than 50 commodities for the global market.

Workers are often expected to travel for work, with fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) arrangements relatively common.

Post-school qualifications are often required to work in Mining. Around 43% of workers hold a certificate III or higher vocational qualification, and 25% possess a bachelor degree or higher. Almost a third of workers are Technicians and Trades Workers, 29% are Machinery Operators and Drivers, and 17% are Professionals.

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