The number of people working as Electrical Engineers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 18,800 in 2018 to 18,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).
- Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Electrical Engineers work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Manufacturing.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,160 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, 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 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Electrical Engineers.