Industry job trends and statistics

This page has information on industry and labour market trends. Visit finding job vacancies if you are looking for job ads.

Skills shortages

Skills shortages in a particular industry can mean job opportunities. Shortages exist because an employer can’t fill vacancies. This may be because the job requires specialist skills, the location is difficult or the industry is booming.

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national skills needs list is prepared by the Australian Government for apprenticeships. The list identifies traditional trades that don’t have enough skilled workers to meet demand.

The current list includes:

  • telecommunications technicians
  • bricklayers
  • optical mechanics
  • electricians
  • bakers
  • aircraft maintenance engineers.

Incentives are offered for employers to take on more apprentices.

Read more about apprenticeship training and financial help that may be available if you are thinking about starting an apprenticeship.

Employment growth

Industries expected to record employment growth to 2016–2017 include:

  • health care and social assistance
  • professional, scientific and technical services
  • construction
  • mining.

These industries are forecast to provide more than 60% of employment growth in the next 5 years. Growth is also likely in those jobs that require higher skill levels (e.g. Bachelor degrees, advanced diplomas).

Relevant work experience in some jobs could be a substitute for formal qualifications. On-the-job training may also be needed as well as formal qualifications.

The Australian Government’s Employment Outlook has detailed information on the skill levels that are expected in the labour market over the next 5 years.

Select your industry for a snapshot of current and projected employment figures, earnings and recruitment. Queensland job statistics are provided for most industries.

Queensland trends

Compare Queensland’s monthly labour market trends with national figures. You can also find data on monthly employment growth.

For more detailed information on the state’s labour force statistics visit:

Find the top occupations and industries for Queensland cities and regions. Use the interactive map to locate the area you are interested in.