Wholesale Trade

This image shows 24% of jobs are regional. 9% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 14% of workers are self-employed. .

25% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 28% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 42% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification

Wholesalers do not usually have a shopfront to sell their items; they are the middle step between producers and retailers. Wholesale Trade is one of the smaller employing industries, with employment mainly located in the capital cities along Australia’s east coast.

Top Employing Occupations

Sales Representatives
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers
Technical Sales Representatives
Truck Drivers
General Sales Assistants
Accounting Clerks
Forklift Drivers
Retail Managers
Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers
Office Managers
General Clerks
Delivery Drivers
Metal Fitters and Machinists
Advertising and Marketing Professionals

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Despite its relatively small size, Wholesale Trade has opportunities across many occupations, with most jobs being for Managers, Clerical and Administrative Workers, Sales Workers and Machinery Operators and Drivers. While more than 40% of this workforce does not have post-school qualifications, only a small share of this industry are younger workers (9% are aged 15 to 24 years).

Although entry level opportunities exist in every industry, positions in Wholesale Trade may be better suited to older job seekers who possess the practical experience employers seek.

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