Manufacturing is the process of transforming base components into commercial and industrial products. It is a huge and diverse sector covering many different industries. Manufacturing industries produce machinery and equipment; food, beverages and tobacco goods; printing, publishing and recorded media; chemicals and pharmaceuticals; paper and packaging products; building materials; and cars and automotive parts.

The work

humanresourcespersonManufacturing has a relatively low concentration of employees with degrees. However, the sheer size of the sector means that it is still a significant employer of graduates from certain disciplines, particularly Engineering, Information Technology, Industrial Design and Accountancy.

In recent years Australian manufacturing has moved into the production and export of  ‘elaborately transformed manufactures’ (ETMs). This shift has come in part because of increased competition from overseas producers in labour-intensive manufacturing industries such as textiles, clothing and footwear, and also due to the higher value and profits associated with more sophisticated products.

The shift towards complex products requires skilled workers in all facets of the manufacturing process including design, production, engineering, information technology and management. Due to increasing local labour costs and work being taken overseas, certain areas of Australian manufacturing have experienced a significant decline in employment, particularly in transport equipment and furniture manufacturing.

What you need

  • A degree in engineering, IT, industrial design, accountancy or other relevant disciplines
  • Problem solving skills, artistic flair, a strong ability to comprehend mechanical concepts, good numeracy skills and strong verbal communication skills
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) skills
  • A willingness to work long and irregular hours

Occupation profile

Industrial Designers

These statistics are from a combined profile with Fashion & Jewellery designers

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Average weekly earnings
(Full time workers, before tax)
Recent job growth
-18.4%over 5 years
How many in this position are working full time? Future employment growth
manufacturingpie 78.8%
Very strong growth

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