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What it’s like to work in construction

Construction is a wide ranging industry. While there are many hands on roles like welders, tilers and bricklayers, there are also other opportunities. For example, you could follow a pathway to becoming a construction manager. Or you could work in health and safety, human resources management (HR), or industrial relations. Entry level roles could include traffic controller or labourer. Like most industries, up to date technology skills are a plus.  

What people love about working in construction

Here are some of the benefits of working in construction:

  • Excellent prospects for a range of roles in the industry.
  • While many jobs in the industry are full time, there is also the opportunity to become self-employed and run your own business.  
  • The industry is continuing to experience high demand. With this comes job security and a range of opportunities to choose from.
  • Be a part of exciting new developments that will reshape Victoria. 

Where you can work

The construction industry has a wide range of employers. For example, you could work as a  metal fabricator, a construction project manager, a plasterer, or an architect.

The kinds of construction settings you could work in include:

  • residential construction sites
  • commercial construction sites
  • infrastructure projects
  • factories
  • government and local councils
  • architecture firms. 

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for people who work in the construction industry in Australia is $1,380.

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window)

Note this salary is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the projected employment forecasts for the construction industry in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan33,9260.4%2,317
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan65,506-0.1%3,351
Melbourne – southern metropolitan65,506-0.1%3,351
Melbourne – northern metropolitan45,4420.0%2,485
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan47,958-0.2%2,337
Melbourne – western metropolitan40,773-0.1%2,151
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)11,492-0.1%603
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)12,092-0.6%424
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)23,7590.4%1,569
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)2,356-1.6%18
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)4,894-0.8%147
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)8,896-0.1%463
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)6,457-0.2%323
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)4,428-1.2%87

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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