According to the Australian Government’s Department of Employment, Queensland is the third largest employing state.
The Australian Jobs Report is an annual publication that reflects the changes in the Australian Labour Market; providing some great information around industries, regions and career paths that are booming in Australia.
If you are looking to find out more information about which industries are growing in Queensland, this article can provide you with all of the information you will need to make an informed decision on you career future.
Type of Workforce
From the data collected, employment is generally regionally diverse. However, it is shown that majority of Queensland’s state employment is found in Brisbane, with 51% of jobs in the city.
Up next is Gold Coast area, making up 13% of employment within the state.
In the five years leading up to November 2018, employment in Queensland rose by 7.6% (or 173,100), which is slightly below the national average.
It was also found, when compared to national data, employed Queenslanders are less likely to have post-school qualification – there are relative few of those in the QLD workforce who hold a bachelor degree or higher.
However amongst this same group, the most common post-school qualification held is the certificate III or higher Vocational Educational and Training (VET) qualification, with 35%. This tops the national average of 32%.
In Queensland, most jobs can be found in:
Largest Employing Industries in QLD
In Queensland, the top five employing industries are:
These five industries when combined, make up approximately one third of overall employment within Queensland.
Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry in Queensland with 341,300, and has increased by 60,100 or 21.4% in five years leading up to November 2017.
The Accommodation and Food Services industry follows closely behind with an increase of 14.6% (or 14,100 jobs).
Notable employment decreases were found in five of the 19 industries where data was collected, with the largest fall in Mining (down by 15,100). Around 26% of total Mining employment is in Queensland, although this industry accounts for just 2% of employment across the state.
QLD Industry Breakdown
Health Care and Social Assistance
Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations
Education & Training
Top 5 Occupations
Accommodation & Food Services
Top 5 Occupations
Employment circumstances for youth in Queensland have increased over the past year, with 19,600 new jobs (or 5.1%).
The youth unemployment rate has declined by 0.1% to 13.3% in the last year.
Youth Employment Share
According to the Australian Jobs Report 2018, although there are a few hiccups across the economic conditions of Queensland, the short-term outlook is reasonable positive.
There is an expected 1.5% employment growth in 2018-19, while the unemployment rate is forecast to average 6% in the June quarter 2019.
From this data, we can see that these five largest employing industry areas will continue to thrive in the near future. If you’d like to learn more about which career pathway you’d like to explore, browse are large range of courses today.
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