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.

A female electrician at work, using a power drill

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. 

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.

Talk to one of our specialists

Access free one-on-one personalised support with a career specialist. At any career stage you can talk with a specialist from Careers NSW about your goals and how you can achieve them.

Find out more

A woman holding a mobile phone.

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
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

Featured industries


A woman sits in an electronics workshop, using a lap top computer


This large industry includes jobs in manufacturing food and beverages, petroleum and coal, polymer products, machinery and furniture.


A smiling young man leans on a workbench in a workshop.


Construction is a large industry with apprenticeships and traineeships the main entry pathway. There are many opportunities for young people to progress their careers.


A man serves a customer at a store point of sale

Retail Trade

Across Australia this industry offers jobs in a variety of stores. Part-time and weekend work is common, which makes it ideal for people who are still studying.

Top of page