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

Featured Job
  • 1st or 2nd Year Apprentice Carpenter

  • Reidstitt Constructions
  • Leading eastern suburbs building company is looking for 1st or 2nd year apprentice carpenter to join our team. Majority of projects are in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
    • Established residential building company working in the eastern suburbs of Sydney for over 20 years
    • Exposure to all elements of a new build.
    • Above award rates of pay.
  • ConstructionOther Mobile Plant Operators
  • Wed 13 Feb , 2019
  • Rose Bay, New South Wales
  • Thu 7 Feb , 2019
  • Gymea, New South Wales
  • Waterproofing Assistant

  • Townes Waterproofing Pty Ltd
  • Townes Waterproofing Pty Ltd are seeking an applicant to learn the waterproofing trade. Applicants must have a White Safety Contruction Card, hard hat, steel cap boots and Hi Viz shirt. On the job training will be provided. Working around Brisbane , Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a keen ability to learn and be a good team player. Ability to transport to jobs an advantage.
  • ConstructionOther Mobile Plant Operators
  • Thu 31 Jan , 2019
  • $40,001 - $50,000
  • Hillcrest, Queensland
  • Thu 24 Jan , 2019
  • West Bendigo, Victoria