The number of people working as Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 30,300 in 2018 to 28,100 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).
- Size: This is a large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Many Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers work in Western Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Mining.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,414 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 (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Mechanical Engineers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Mechanical Engineers.