Electrical Engineer - Job Outlook


Electrical Engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, machines and systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power.


This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • planning and designing power stations and power generation equipment
  • determining the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and other equipment
  • developing products such as electric motors, components, equipment and appliances
  • interpreting specifications, drawings, standards and regulations relating to electric power equipment and use
  • organising and managing resources used in the supply of electrical components, machines, appliances and equipment
  • establishing delivery and installation schedules for machines, switchgear, cables and fittings
  • supervising the operation and maintenance of power stations, transmission and distribution systems and industrial plants
  • designing and installing control and signalling equipment for road, rail and air traffic
  • may specialise in research in areas such as power generation and transmission systems, transformers, switchgear and electric motors, telemetry and control systems

Job Prospects

Data on Job Outlook are updated on a yearly basis and are compiled from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions.

  • Over the five years to November 2017, the number of job openings for Electrical Engineers is expected to be average (between 10,001 and 25,000). Job openings can arise from employment growth and people leaving the occupation.
  • Employment for Electrical Engineers to November 2017 is expected to grow moderately. Employment in this large occupation (25,100 in November 2012) rose very strongly in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years).
  • Electrical Engineers have a very high proportion of full-time jobs (95.5 per cent). For Electrical Engineers working full-time, average weekly hours are 41.7 (compared to 41.3 for all occupations) and earnings are high - in the tenth decile. Unemployment for Electrical Engineers is below average.
  • Electrical Engineers are mainly employed in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services and Manufacturing.

Key Indicators

Key Indicators graph - see table below for a summary

The graph shows 9 key indicators for this occupation - employment size, full-time share of employment, earnings, unemployment, historical employment growth (long-term, medium term and short-term), future employment growth, mix of industries and job openings. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

How many workers are employed in this occupation? 25,100 7
How many work full-time (% share)? 95.5 10
What are the weekly earnings for full-time workers ($ before tax)? 1841 10
How does unemployment compare with other occupations? below average 2
What has been the long-term employment growth - 10 years (%)? 97.6 9
What has been the medium-term employment growth - 5 years (%)? 47.4 10
What has been the short-term employment growth - 2 years (%)? 31.4 9
What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years? moderate growth 5
What will be the level of future job openings? average 6

Recent Job Growth (per cent)

Recent Job Growth (per cent) graph - see table below for a summary

The graph shows employment growth (per cent) over the past five years and two years for this occupation, compared with all occupations. Source: ABS LFS, DEEWR trend data to November 2012. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

Time PeriodOccupation (per cent growth)All Occupations (per cent growth)
5 Year Growth 47.4 7.8
2 Year Growth 31.4 1.9