The Manufacturing industry and related sectors are categorised by their diversity and as this industry covers numerous sectors it forms a large part of Australia’s economy. Manufacturing is one of Australia’s largest employers and its future is tied up with technological advances and integrating solutions from conception through to meeting the needs of clients.

What does this industry cover?

Some sub-sectors in the Manufacturing and Related Services industry are:

Process manufacturing is the production of goods that are manufactured in bulk quantities from raw materials. They include food, beverages, refined oil, gasoline, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and plastics.

Recreational vehicle manufacture, service and sales includes the manufacture of motor homes, caravans, camper trailers, slide-on campers and fifth wheelers.

Fenestration is the manufacture of window and doors.

Manufactured mineral products use minerals extracted from the earth to produce a range of products used in different industries such as construction, automotive and landscaping.

Surface preparation and coating specialises in treating the surface of a product to increase adhesion to a coating and with metal products it will increase durability and provide protection against rust.

Job hunting preparation

If you are working in the Manufacturing and Related Services industry you could be employed in any one of the many sectors which enables steady apprenticeship and other job prospects.

The Certificate II in Manufacturing Technology is offered in many secondary schools for those seeking a taster in what this industry can provide.

Sensors and data analytics, advanced materials, smart robotics and automation, 3D printing and augmented, mixed and virtual reality will mean that future employees will not only need digital literacy and STEM skills, but also problem solving, adaptability/flexibility, customer service and communication skills.

Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers. Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry. Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2021, commencements were: 1199

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2021 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022. AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a small to medium sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

In the next 5 years, change in employment in this industry is predicted to increase.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium to high.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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