STEM workforce in Australia – 2.3 million people with qualifications

Australia’s future will rely on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—disciplines at the core of innovation. Our businesses will rely on STEM to compete in the emerging sectors that new technologies will create, as well as in the existing sectors which new technologies will transform. Our workforce will require specialised skills in STEM as well as high STEM literacy across the board to sustain economic growth.

We know that STEM will be critical; and yet we know very little about who possesses these skills in Australia, where they work or how their careers progress from graduation.

This report is a comprehensive overview of the data we have; and as such a measure of our capability for STEM-led change.

Key Facts

  • In 2011, there were 2.3 million people with STEM qualifications in Australia, and 5.7 million people with Non-STEM quali cations.
  • Of the STEM-qualfied population, approximately two thirds held Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualfications, while one third were higher education graduates with bachelor degrees or higher.
  • Of the 1 117 011 people with certificate III and IV qualifications, just over one million had Engineering qualifications.
  • The gender distribution of people with STEM qualifications was highly skewed, with males making up 84 per cent of the total.
  • Thirty-five per cent of people with STEM and 31 per cent of people with Non-STEM qualifications living in Australia were born elsewhere, but there are differences across the different STEM disciplines.
  • Between 2006 and 2011, the number of STEM-qualified individuals in Australia grew by 15 per cent, while the number of Non-STEM-qualified individuals grew by 26 per cent.
  • The age of the STEM-qualified population varied across the disciplines; for example, almost half (49 per cent) of the Information Technology quali ed population was under the age of
    34, compared to one third (33 per cent) of the Non-STEM, and 29 per cent of the STEM-qualified population.

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