Structural Engineers analyse the statical properties of all types of structures, test the behaviour and durability of materials used in their construction, and design and supervise the construction of all types of structures.

    A bachelor degree in civil engineering is needed to work as a Structural Engineer. Some Structural Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Determines construction methods, materials and quality standards, and drafts and interprets specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures.
    • Analyses structural systems for both static and dynamic loads.
    • Designs structures to ensure they do not collapse, bend, twist or vibrate in undesirable ways.

    All Civil Engineering Professionals

    • $1,962 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Structural Engineers

    • 6,200 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 11% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Structural Engineers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 4,300 in 2011 to 6,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Structural Engineers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Civil Engineering Professionals in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Civil Engineering Professionals.

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services75.1
    Construction10.8
    Manufacturing4.5
    Public Administration and Safety2.1
    Other Industries7.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateStructural EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.631.6
    VIC25.925.6
    QLD19.020.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA13.410.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT0.91.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketStructural EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-247.6-9.39.3
    25-3436.0-22.922.9
    35-4424.8-22.022.0
    45-5414.6-21.621.6
    55-596.0-9.09.0
    60-645.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationStructural EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate22.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree69.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV2.4-21.121.1
    Year 123.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.4-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in civil engineering is needed to work as a Structural Engineer. Some Structural Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    Employers look for Civil Engineering Professionals who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and connect well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and Technology

      90% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Building and Construction

      84% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    3. Design

      81% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    4. Mathematics

      75% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Administration and Management

      72% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      98% Important

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    2. Telephone

      96% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      84% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Contact With Others

      82% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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