Manufacturing

Transform materials, substances or components into new products

Overview

The manufacturing industry is engaged in the physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances or components into new products (except agriculture and construction).

Manufacturing is commonly conducted in plants, factories or mills. Power-driven machines and other materials-handling equipment are used to change raw materials such as the products of agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining into a range of products.

Jobs are diverse and range across production, design, planning, management, human resources, and in specialised processes working with the latest technologies and manufacturing techniques. Jobs in manufacturing are becoming highly technical as the industry moves to a future embedded in the digital and information technology world.

Industry Considerations
  • Post-school qualifications are generally not required for low-skilled jobs.
  • Modern manufacturing requires a VET qualification and/or an apprenticeship.
  • Workers should have well-developed skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • Many workers in this industry are employed full-time, however part-time employment is becoming more common.

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Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer

Design and oversee installation of mechanical and process plant equipment and systems.

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designer
Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designer

Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers plan, design, develop and document products for manufacture and prepare designs…

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Production and Plant Engineer
Production and Plant Engineer

Production or Plant Engineers plan, direct and coordinate the design, construction, modification, continued performance and…

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Fashion Designer
Fashion Designer

Fashion Designers plan, design and develop clothing, accessories, footwear or other items of personal apparel considering the…

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Metallurgist
Metallurgist Metallurgists research, develop, control and provide advice on processes used in extracting metals from their ores, and processes…
Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Industrial Designer
Industrial Designer

Industrial Designers plan, design, develop and document industrial, commercial or consumer products for manufacture with…

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Jewellery Designer
Jewellery Designer

Jewellery Designers conceptualise and design prototypes and details for the manufacture of jewellery, watches, spectacles,…

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Very strong

Occupational & Environmental Health Professional
Occupational & Environmental Health Professional

Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals develop, implement and evaluate policies and programs to monitor…

Estimated pay
$1,914/week
Future demand
Very strong

Accountant
Accountant

Provide accounting services to companies, organisations and individuals. Accountants prepare financial statements and forms…

Estimated pay
$1,660/week
Future demand
Strong

Other Engineering Professional
Other Engineering Professional

Other Engineering Professionals includes occupations such as Aeronautical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, Biomedical…

Estimated pay
$2,155/week
Future demand
Strong

Graphic and Web Designer, and Illustrator
Graphic and Web Designer, and Illustrator

Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators design information for visual and audio communication, publication and display…

Estimated pay
$1,346/week
Future demand
Strong

Apprenticeship pathway may be available

Accountant (General)
Accountant (General)

Provide financial advice and services for individuals or businesses.

Estimated pay
$0/week
Future demand
Strong