The number of people working as Mining Engineers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 9,500 in 2018 to 8,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).
- Size: This is a small occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Many Mining Engineers work in Western Australia and Queensland.
- Industries: Most work in Mining; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $3,118 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 50 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: 13% 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 Mining Engineers.