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Mainfreight Australia is currently looking for enthusiastic university graduates to join our thriving team.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
3 Feb 2020
Applications Close
21 Feb 2020
Start Date
ASAP
Minimum Salary
$55,000
Maximum Salary
$59,999
3.6

Graduate Job

Win the trip of a lifetime to Las Vegas! Schneider Electric is on the lookout for bold ideas that can shape the future o…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Close
28 Feb 2020
Start Date
Ongoing

Graduate Job

As an Armament Engineer, you'll work with some of the world's most sophisticated armaments technology.
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
3 Feb 2020
Applications Close
29 Feb 2020
Minimum Salary
$70,000
Maximum Salary
$74,999
4.2

Graduate Job

Most graduate roles move you around a firm to give you a taste of what's on offer. This one will move you around the mar…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
6 Feb 2020
Applications Close
4 Mar 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
Number of Vacancies
10

Graduate Job

KPMG 2021 Graduate Program Applications OPEN NOW!
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
10 Feb 2020
Applications Close
6 Mar 2020

Graduate Job

PwC will help you create the career you want, where you can confidently tap into your passions and do more with your deg…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
17 Feb 2020
Applications Close
15 Mar 2020
Start Date
Ongoing

Graduate Job

Digital disruption, next-gen technologies, and big ideas are our play space – and we’re inviting you to join us!
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
Applications Open
10 Feb 2020
Applications Close
16 Mar 2020
Start Date
1 Feb 2021
3.9

Graduate Job

As a new graduate, we aim to provide you more than just your 'traditional' graduate program; instead, we kick start your…
Hiring Graduates with Degrees In
B
Business & Management
Applications Open
17 Feb 2020
Applications Close
22 Mar 2020

Graduate Jobs in Queensland (QLD) overview

Living in Queensland

Queensland boasts a healthy economy and luxurious destinations, with job opportunities in a wide range of industries. The tourism sector offers enticing graduate positions and is a major part of the state’s economy, with an estimated value of $27 million per year. It’s unsurprising that Queensland is such a popular place to visit, with world-renowned destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Gold Coast, Cairns and the Whitsundays all located in the state.

The cost of living is lower in Queensland than many other states in Australia, particularly when comparing its capital city Brisbane with other capitals including Melbourne and Sydney. While the mining industry is no longer the major economic force it once was, many are hoping that it will boom again. Queensland has a solid mix of regional and metropolitan options for employment, and living costs are reasonable in most locations. As a great lifestyle option that offers competitive job opportunities and plenty of impressive places to visit in your spare time, Queensland is worth your consideration for your graduate job.

Graduate jobs in Queensland

Figure 1: Number of employing businesses in Queensland (QLD) vs other states/territories

Queensland offers a fifth of all job opportunities in Australia, with 164,309 businesses located in the state. A slightly higher proportion of graduate students in Australia find employment in Queensland, with 21.5% securing jobs in the state.

Figure 2: Per cent of total employment per industry in Queensland (QLD)

Healthcare, retail and construction are the top employing industries in Queensland. Healthcare and social assistance alone employ 453,700 people. Professional, scientific and technical services also employ a high percentage of Queensland’s workforce. Electricity, gas, water and waste services employ the least number of Queensland’s workforce.

What is the job market outlook for graduate jobs in Queensland?

Figure 3: Employment status of graduates in Queensland (QLD) with a bachelor degree

Most graduates in Queensland available for full-time work are employed in full-time positions, whilst 17% are employed on a part-time or casual basis, with 11% of graduates unable to secure employment.

Five-year outlook

Figure 4: Queensland (QLD) annual growth rates vs other states/territories

Queensland comes in third place again when compared to other states and territories, with an annual growth rate of 7.9%, below the Australian average of 8.3%. Industries with the strongest positive growth include education and training, professional, scientific and technical services, as well as health care and social assistance. Mining, agriculture, forestry, fishing and manufacturing are all projected to decline whilst the utility industry will experience minimal growth.

Figure 5: Annual growth rate across industries in Queensland (QLD)

Graduate unemployment rates in Queensland

Figure 6: Unemployment rates in Queensland (QLD) vs other states/territories in Australia

At 13.5%, youth unemployment is the third highest in the country and just above the national average. Unemployment for adults aged 15 and over is 6.2%, the second-highest in Australia, above the national average of 5.6%. The picture for graduate unemployment is slightly more positive, only 11.4% of graduates in Queensland are unemployed, a rate lower than four other states in Australia.

Figure 7: Graduate unemployment rates in Queensland (QLD) vs other states/territories in Australia

What are the typical roles for graduates in Queensland?

Figure 8: Per cent of total employment by occupation in Queensland (QLD)

A large percentage of Queensland’s workforce are employed as professionals, technicians and trades workers, managers and administrative workers. Sales workers have the lowest percentage of total employment, with only 5.9% of jobs found in that sector. Community and personal service workers also make up a relatively small percentage of the working population in Queensland. Of Queensland’s workforce employed full time, 14.9% are based in Queensland.

Figure 9: Percentage of full-time employees working as professionals in Queensland (QLD)

GradAustralia asked graduates throughout Australia about their graduate positions, and found that the top 5 roles in Brisbane are:

  1. Consultant
  2. Accountant
  3. Software engineer
  4. Graduate developer
  5. Site engineer

The Queensland Government offers a range of graduate jobs in Queensland. There is the ‘Greater Graduate Program’ which opens for registration in September for the following year. There are also other programs which begin recruitment in January. Graduate job opportunities in tourism are often offered by businesses such as Flight Centre. Most of the major banks and major supermarkets offer graduate programs with the application season often closing in March/April each year. These are a great opportunity if you are seeking to enter a range of business and finance related positions.

What salary should I expect for graduate jobs in Queensland?

Median and mean employee income in Queensland

Figure 10: Median and mean employee income in Queensland (QLD) vs other states/territories

Queensland ranks fifth out of all the states and territories around Australia for both median and mean incomes. The median employee income across Queensland is $45,956 per annum, with the mean income higher at $55,972. The mean income is 21.8% higher than the median income, which indicates the presence of a number of higher-paying positions.

Median graduate starting salaries

Figure 11: Queensland (QLD) median graduate starting salary vs other states/territories

At $54,000, Queensland’s median starting salary for graduates is the same as the national average and matches two other states, however, with a lower cost of living than many other regions, the starting salary could be worth more in Queensland than in another location such as Sydney in New South Wales. Graduates with degrees in a number of disciplines can expect higher than average starting salaries, with graduates in engineering, maths, IT and computer sciences being offered approximately $71,000 in their graduate role and law students earning, on average, $69,000 in their first graduate job.

Figure 12: Average graduate starting salary by discipline in Queensland (QLD)

What working hours should I expect in Queensland?

Figure 13: Average work hours per week for graduates working in Queensland (QLD)

Graduates in Queensland report working a variety of average hours, with 2% working less than 30 hours per week and another 2% working an average of 60-70 hours per week. The vast majority, however, have a work week of between 30-50 hours, with 35% working 30-40 hours and 51% in the 40-50 hour range. The reported hours suggest that Queensland graduates work the third most hours per week in Australia.

Figure 14: Average graduate work hours per week in Queensland (QLD) vs other states/territories

Job satisfaction for graduates in Queensland

Figure 15: Average graduate job satisfaction score in Queensland (QLD) vs other states/territories

While the figures around graduate jobs in Queensland have some positive and negative aspects, Queensland rates second highest in Australia for job satisfaction. In a survey conducted by GradAustralia, Queensland graduate workers scored their job satisfaction at 8.7, slightly higher than the national average 8.5.

Diversity

Figure 16: Average diversity score in Queensland (QLD) vs other cities

Although Queensland’s population is diverse, Queensland-based graduates in GradAustralia’s survey reported lower levels of diversity compared with other states and territories in Australia.

Gender diversity

Figure 17: Workforce participation rates by industry in Queensland (QLD)

Queensland has an average female workforce participation rate of 43.1%. Industries with higher female participation include healthcare and education, making up 76.8% and 71.5% of those employed in these industries. The industries with the lowest rates of female participation are common to many regions, including construction (13.4%) and mining (15.7%).

The average starting salary for a male graduate with a bachelor degree in Queensland is $55,000 per year. For females, that figure falls to $53,000, equal to the national average.

Figure 18: Median graduate starting salary for males and females in Queensland (QLD) vs other states/territories

Where to find graduate jobs in Queensland

Following GradAustralia’s survey of Australian-based graduates, the most sought-after employers in Queensland include:

  • Accenture
  • EY
  • IBM
  • Jacobs
  • Minter Ellison
  • PwC

When looking for graduate jobs, keep an eye on new listings on the GradAustralia website, and consider attending a graduate careers fair which will allow you to connect with employers who offer graduate programs. Career fairs are usually held in the month of March and may be held in the city or at one of Brisbane’s universities.

The following events provide opportunities to students of all disciplines:

  • Big Meet Brisbane organized by AAGE
  • Reinvent your Career Expo organized by Reinvent
  • Brisbane Careers Expo organized by Careers Expo.

Universities also offer various career events to help you learn more about your future jobs and employers:

  • The University of Queensland offers the UQ Careers Fair
  • Griffith University offers the Careers Development Australia Expo
  • The Queensland University of Technology offers  QUT Careers Fair and the Careers and Employment Expo.

Many employers also offer ‘entry-level’ jobs that are not specifically advertised as ‘graduate’ jobs. Keep an eye out for these on job boards such as SEEK.

Other options for recent graduates in Queensland

If you're set on Queensland but still not sure what you want to do, or if you haven't had any luck locking down a graduate job, you might want to consider:

If you’re not sure that Queensland is the right place to find your graduate job, consider reading our graduate’s guide to moving to Brisbane.

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Graduate Jobs in Queensland (QLD) Graduate Sucess Stories


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The training provided at KWM is recognised across the legal industry and beyond.

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Capgemini has given me the opportunity and framework with which I can build my career trajectory, and this has helped with a sense of control and purpose.

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A career with the Australian government will give you valuable industry experience while working on projects that help everyone.

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I love working in my department. I enjoy the diversity and challenges of the work, and I have a supportive and fun team.

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The training provided at KWM is recognised across the legal industry and beyond.

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The training provided at KWM is recognised across the legal industry and beyond.

Ray Aryal

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Capgemini has given me the opportunity and framework with which I can build my career trajectory, and this has helped with a sense of control and purpose.

Tully O'Leary

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Capgemini has given me the opportunity and framework with which I can build my career trajectory, and this has helped with a sense of control and purpose.

Tully O'Leary

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I was drawn to Capgemini by the possibility of solving interesting problems using cool, innovative technologies, to contribute something positive to others.

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Conor Ruane

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Tom Flannery

Tom Flannery studied Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney and Senior Accountant at McGrathNicol.
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Khang Hoang

Khang Haong earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) at Monash University and is now a Commercial Property Graduate at Stockland.
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Khang Hoang

Khang Haong earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) at Monash University and is now a Commercial Property Graduate at Stockland.
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Al Bautista

Al Bautista earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University and is now an Associate at Grant Thornton.
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Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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Elizabeth Si

Elizabeth Si graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Management & Information Systems) from The University of Technology, Sydney in 2016 and is now an associate account executive at SAS.
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Elizabeth Si

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Conor Ruane

Conor studied Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at The University of Queensland and is now a Lawyer at Allens.
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Conor Ruane

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Tom Flannery

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Khang Hoang

Khang Haong earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) at Monash University and is now a Commercial Property Graduate at Stockland.
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Khang Hoang

Khang Haong earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) at Monash University and is now a Commercial Property Graduate at Stockland.
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Al Bautista

Al Bautista earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University and is now an Associate at Grant Thornton.
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Al Bautista

Al Bautista earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University and is now an Associate at Grant Thornton.
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Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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Cassandra Heffernan

Cassandra Heffernan studied Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) and is a Human Systems Scientist at the Department of Defence.
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Elizabeth Si

Elizabeth Si graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Management & Information Systems) from The University of Technology, Sydney in 2016 and is now an associate account executive at SAS.
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Elizabeth Si

Elizabeth Si graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Management & Information Systems) from The University of Technology, Sydney in 2016 and is now an associate account executive at SAS.
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