Discover industries – Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a large industry with a broad range of jobs. Many of these roles require a vocational qualification and apprenticeships are a common pathway.

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This industry has a broad range of jobs and apprenticeships are a common pathway. 

View top 10 occupations in this industry

About Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a large employing industry. It involves transforming materials, substances or components into new products like:

  • food and beverages
  • textiles, leather, clothing and footwear
  • wood and paper products
  • petroleum and coal products
  • chemical, polymer and rubber products
  • mineral and metal products
  • machinery and equipment
  • furniture and other products.

Over a third of workers have a vocational education and training (VET) qualification, although, many workers are employed in lower skilled jobs that do not need post-school qualifications.

Most people in this industry work full-time.

Source: Labour Market Insights, Jan 2024

Workforce share in Australia

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

6.3 %
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 in Australia over the next 5 years.

8.3 %

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

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Current and future employment in Australia

See how Australia's Manufacturing industry is projected to grow by 16.3% 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 Manufacturing by employment numbers.

Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
Production Managers
Metal Fitters and Machinists
Food and Drink Factory Workers
Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
Bakers and Pastrycooks

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, 2021

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