Discover industries – Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

This is a small industry in Australia, with employees predominantly employed on a full-time basis. The workforce is highly skilled, with vocational training the main pathway.

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About Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services is a small industry by employment. 

This industry includes work in: 

  • electricity generation, transmission and distribution 

  • gas supply through mains systems 

  • water storage, treatment, supply and drainage 

  • sewerage and waste collection, treatment and disposal. 

Most people in this industry are male and work full-time; part-time work is rare. 

This work is often completed outside and can be physically intensive. 

Many workers have a vocational education and training (VET) qualification, although around a third of workers do not have any post school qualifications. 

Source: Labour Market Insights, Jan 2024

Workforce share in Australia 

Percentage of workers who have their main job in this industry. 

1.2 %
Employed in Australia

The number of people this industry employs in Australia. 

164,185
Industry growth in Australia

This is the projected amount this industry will grow by in Australia over the next 5 years. 

7 %

Source: Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA), Employment Projections, May 2023.


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Current and future employment in Australia

See how Australia's Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industry is projected to grow by 14.1% over a 10-year period compared to an average Australian industry growth rate of 14.2%. 


Largest employing occupations

This table shows the top-10 occupations in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste by employment numbers. 

Truck Drivers
Electricians
Electrical Engineer
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers
Contract, Program and Project Administrators
Other Factory Process Workers
Other Stationary Plant Operators
Building and Plumbing Labourers
Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators
Other Specialist Managers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2021


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