Trades

Trades workers are vital to construction, one of Australia’s largest employing industries. Apprenticeships and traineeships are the main entry pathways to these jobs.

A construction job in Australia opens doors to reliable, full-time work that pays well. Training and experience often lead to management-level jobs. A Certificate III or IV is usually required to work in this industry.

Construction industry - Job outlook 


Construction is a large employing industry. Trades workers are vital to Construction, with apprenticeships and traineeships the main entry pathway. Jobs in Construction can be physically demanding, like bricklaying, meaning that many people leave the industry when they are older. This opens opportunities for young people, and the training and experience can lead to management jobs. Many of the workers are male and part-time jobs are rare.



Job Profiles & Fast facts


Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 
  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Medium skill

Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians 
  • $1,400 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • High skill

Bricklayers and Stonemasons 
  • $1,200 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Medium skill

Building and Plumbing Labourers 
  • $1,100 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Entry level

Carpenters and Joiners 
  • $1,000 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill

Civil Engineering Professionals 
  • $1,916 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill

Concreters 
  • $1,290 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Entry level

Construction Managers 
  • $1,719 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill

Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators 
  • $1,493 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower skill

Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 
  • $1,455 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Medium skill

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians 
  • $1,552 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • High skill

Electricians
  • $1,400 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill

Insulation and Home Improvement Installers 
  • $1,373 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill

Painting Trades Workers 
  • $1,000 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill

Paving and Surfacing Labourers 
  • $1,164 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Entry level 

Plumbers 
  • $1,142 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Medium skill

Structural Steel Construction Workers 
  • $1,517 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill

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