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Opportunities in Industrial Sector


Despite a downturn in the global economy, Australia is staying strong and stable with the help of some prime industries that are fueling the growth of the country’s economy. Strong economic growth can only translate to better opportunities for people looking for employment and a more vibrant economic atmosphere. Central to the country’s economic growth is the mining sector, which substantially helped the country withstand the negative effects of economic instability in major parts of the world.

Sectors with Strong Potential

The industries that demonstrate strong potential and growth include the mining industry, the telecommunications sector and the construction industry, particularly the infrastructure industry. These industries, in turn, promote the creation of more businesses as consumers demand better products and services.

Mining – Mining is a major industry in Australia, with several mining operations across the country. The concentration of mining operations in the country is in the regions of Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Mining activities are centred on minerals and resources that are abundant in the country, including gold, iron ore, nickel, silver, opal, copper, zinc, uranium and coal. The country is also a top producer of natural gas and petroleum. These raw materials are supplied to other parts of the world, with a huge percentage being supplied to China.

Strong activities in the mining sector is creating job opportunities for miners, mining engineers, geoscientists, surveyors, chemists, metallurgists, plant operators and pipeline installation and construction workers.

Infrastructure – Because of the healthy economy in the country, there is also growth in the infrastructure sector. Australia’s infrastructure sector is focused on the construction of facilities and infrastructures such as roads, bridges, ports, railroad, water and electric utility facilities. These infrastructures are primarily initiated by government, but they may also be planned and developed by or with the help of the private sector.

The infrastructure industry opens up opportunities to individuals seeking jobs as civil engineers, planners, designers, electricians, licensed plumbers, plant operators and labourers.

Telecommunications Australia’s telecommunication industry is currently experiencing strong growth, which should be sustained over the next years and decades. The country is rolling out the National Broadband Network project, which is aimed at enhancing connectivity across the country.

Upon full implementation, the telecommunication facility will bring super-fast voice and data connection. This is projected to spur more growth in many businesses and industries and should result in more job opportunities around the country. The businesses that should feel the positive effects would be online businesses such as online stores and ecommerce. People will also have better chances at telecommuting work opportunities.

In the coming years, there should be strong demand for jobs that are directly or indirectly involved in the building of the high-speed broadband network. These jobs include engineers specialising in telecommunications technology, cable installers, lineworkers, splicers, electrical lineworkers, equipment operators and labourers in wireless network construction.