Construction Jobs in Queensland

In-Demand Construction Jobs for Queensland

After the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, the Australian construction industry took a hard knock. This was particularly felt on the Gold Coast, Queensland, which according to many analysts, is experiencing something of a construction crisis. While the rest of the state is slowly finding its way out of the economic doldrums, it is safe to say that Queensland is still lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of the recovery of the construction industry.

The statistics are subdued at best. The residential sector is particularly hard-hit. The commercial and industrial sectors can be best described as “the best of the worst” in terms of job growth and profit-making. All in all, there is a thirteen per cent productivity gap between the Gold Coast and the rest of the state. Suffice to say, if you’re looking for a construction job on the Gold Coast – good luck to you!

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Queensland is showing some promising growth in certain construction sectors. The most promising of these include the following jobs: civil engineering, mining and the acquisition of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Let’s take a look at each job.

Civil Engineering

The emergence of large public works projects in Queensland means that the demand for civil engineers is high. These projects include the construction of hospitals, school, main roads, highways and railway tracks. If you think you have what it takes to contribute to Queensland’s burgeoning civil engineering industry, why not invest in a Certificate II in Civil Engineering at a TAFE-accredited organisation?

 Here, you’ll learn all about interpreting plans, calculating measurements and manually compacting raw materials. You will discover how to execute and sustain construction projects of exceptionally large scales. A Certificate III will give you more experience, and a deeper understanding of the aforementioned areas. The School of Engineering at the University of Queensland offers an undergraduate degree in civil works.


Although mining doesn’t really qualify as a “pure construction” area, it’s one of the most important industries in Queensland. The state relies on the safe and effective extraction of coal and other raw materials. The industry is well-developed, offering the cutting-edge of mining technology top safety standards and a good, supportive infrastructure. TAFE Queensland has a particularly competitive array of courses, which educate learners on engineering, metallurgy, robotics and other core components of the mining industry.


The drive to extract this cleaner, greener non-renewable energy source is at an all-time high. While Northern Territory is leading the way in terms of LNG technologies, Queensland is also faring well, with a couple of large LNG projects in the pipeline. Sought-after workers include drillers, drillers’ assistants, electricians and process plant engineers.

There are therefore many in-demand construction jobs in Queensland, in spite of its lacklustre construction statistics. Analysts predict, however, that as the state recovers, consumer confidence will experience a much-needed boost. This means that, in time, prospective home owners will want to build again, resulting in growth in the residential and commercial construction sectors.

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