There is a vast array of information about occupations in print and electronic form. As well as alphabetical listing of occupations, some sites include occupations sorted according to different criteria to assist people in their career exploration.
Information about occupations may include:
- a general description
- duties and tasks
- work conditions
- personal requirements
- related jobs and industries
- training and educational requirements
- estimates of earnings
- labour market information.
For young Victorians, the Youth Central website includes career profiles under the following headings:
The myfuture website organises occupations in a number of ways:
- by industry
- by occupational group.
Business and social enterprises are grouped into industries. There are three levels of industry: primary, secondary and tertiary. The industry groupings used in myfuture are:
Occupational information can be searched using work area, industry group, learning area, work interest, skill level and work demands.
The Job Guide provides access to occupational information by searching under:
- field of work
- type of work
- learning area
- skills shortages
- Work demand
Field of work
Occupations have been organised according to similar industry types, or fields of work.
- Agriculture, Animal and Primary Industries
- Architecture, Building and Planning
- Art, Design, Music and Entertainment
- Business, Administration and Sales
- Chemicals, Plastics, Rubber, etc.
- Computing and Information Services
- Engineering and Technical
- Food Processing
- Furniture and Wood Products
- Health and Community Services
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Law, Security and Defence
- Literature and Social Sciences
- Metal, Electrical and Automotive
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics
- Printing and Paper
- Textiles, Clothing and Footwear
- Transport and Storage
Type of work
The following classification is used for different types of work.
The following classification is used for different learning areas.
Labour market information portal
This site provides labour market information in local areas across Australia.
The site contains data from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR), Centrelink and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Different departments use different boundaries when collecting information and as a result the site has been divided into two distinct sections: Employment Service Area Data and Labour Force Region Data.
The Employment Service Area Data section of the site contains information about the Job Network and Centrelink customer populations. The Employment Service Area data is presented at three different levels: the national level, the Labour Market Region level and the Employment Service Area level.
The Labour Force Region Data section of the site contains key labour market indicators as well as employment levels for industry and occupation. The Labour Force Region data is presented at four different levels: the national level, the state and territory level, the metro level and the Labour Force Region level. The data within the Labour Force Region Data section is sourced from the ABS and all data within the Labour Force Region data section can also be found free of charge on the ABS website.
Data on the site will be updated regularly with all items being updated at intervals of between one to three months.
For more information see:
The Australian careers website includes a Job outlook section with information about job prospects, weekly earnings, type of work and other useful occupational information.
Find information and brochures on the range of career options in education and the scholarships and incentives that you can apply for, see: Career Publications