While job opportunities in the engineering sector have contracted slightly over the last few years, the industry’s peak body, Engineering Australia, reported in 2017 that opportunities were again expanding at nearly twice the rate of the sector’s lowest growth period. In April 2016, only 101 job vacancies were recorded across Australia in the sector, but by April 2017, 188 vacancies were reported.
Engineering Australia reports that the largest field within the engineering industry is the civil engineering sector. The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that approximately 43,000 people are currently employed as civil engineers in Australia, and reports that employment opportunities in the profession will expand by the end of the decade. Job Outlook predicts that approximately 47,200 people will be employed as civil engineers in Australia by 2020.
Engineers Australia notes that engineering is a profession uniquely influenced by market trends and resource prices, and notes that fluctuations in employment growth have tended in line with global financial states. Peaking in 2008, employment opportunities in the engineering sector have contracted slightly in the last decade, but are generally expected to rise over the next decade.