Industry Overview

Do you think you would like to design, build, maintain or renovate properties? What about working as an engineer or crane operator on a major construction site? Perhaps you fancy the idea of becoming a trade professional, such as a cabinetmaker or stonemason? If these occupations grab your attention, then you should explore the career pathways available within the Construction industry.

The Construction industry is divided into eight sectors: Residential Building; Non-Residential Building; Heavy and Civil Engineering; Land Development and Site Preparation Services; Building Structure Services; Building Installation Services ; Building Completion Services ; and Other Construction Services . Therefore the Construction industry offers many opportunities to get skilled via many different trade and technical vocational pathways.

Employment growth across the sector has recently been very strong, driven by the housing and commercial needs of an expanding population and investment in private and public infrastructure. Employment in the Construction industry has increased by 42.5 per cent (over a ten year period – ref?) making it the third-largest growth industry in Australia for this period. This makes it an exciting time to join this industry!

There are many skilled occupations to choose from: bricklayers, stonemasons, carpenters & joiners, cabinetmakers and painters to name a few. And you can build on these qualifications to attain supervisory, management qualifications or business credentials. Perhaps paving the way for you to own your own business.  Check out the list of occupations below.

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Training & Qualifications

Training and study options for this industry can include Apprenticeships and Traineeships (including school-based options), VET and University pathways.

You can start your career in this industry at a Certificate II level, before moving on to attain a Diploma if you wish, or even progress to University matriculation. Specific courses could include:

  • Carpenters and Joiners - Certificate III in Carpentry & Joinery
  • Bricklayers and Stonemasons - Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying, Certificate III in Stonemason
  • Plasterers - Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining
There are advanced qualifications to qualify for more senior roles such as:
  • Building Site Manager - Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management)
  • Specialist Plumber (Air conditioning and mechanical services), Diploma of Plumbing and Services
  • Civil Engineering Professionals ,Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
  • Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians , Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying, Advanced Diploma of Surveying


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Occupations In This Industry

Scholarships & Grad Programs

There are currently no scholarship and graduate programs available for this industry. But check the job stream below for job opportunities!

Job Stream

  • Operations Assistant

  • Nomad Workforce Supply
  • Nomad Workforce Supply is an industry tradesmen supplier based in Sydney but covering NSW. We have an energetic, positive and rapidly growing team and we are looking for an individual that’s interested in working in the construction industry working directly with the Operations & Business Development Manager. The role will see you support on and off site, including interviews of new candidates, setting up equipment for jobs and hands-on if required. This is a full-time role and you’ll enjoy being part of our family like, driven and dynamic team environment.
  • ConstructionContract, Program and Project Administrators
  • Wed 18 Apr , 2018
  • $40,001 - $50,000
  • Rosebery, New South Wales
  • Indigenous - Civil Apprenticeship - Western Roads Upgrade

  • Broadspectrum
  • We are currently inviting expressions of interest for Apprentices across our Construction and Maintenance delivery teams to undertake a Certificate III in Civil commencing in May/June 2018. While we expect no prior experience in our industry, we are looking for candidates that show the right attitude and mindset to join our team. We are advocates of the use of technology in the workplace and provide comprehensive training on new electronic tools and innovative plant and equipment, including drones and other smart technologies that have a role in making our work safer and more efficient. Diverse Workforce We acknowledge the importance of our people’s diverse experiences, talents and cultures that they bring to work with them each day. Embracing diversity and creating Inclusion is a key component of our Talent Management Strategy. The creation of a diverse and inclusive workforce is central to our ability to unlock potential and enhance our success, creating a high-performance business.
  • ConstructionOther Mobile Plant Operators
  • Wed 18 Apr , 2018
  • $40,001 - $50,000
  • Melbourne, Victoria
  • Fri 6 Apr , 2018
  • Mount Martha, Victoria
  • Mon 2 Apr , 2018
  • Sydney, New South Wales