Automobile Drivers drive motor cars to transport passengers to destinations.
using mobile computer systems and radio networks to log into waiting passenger information
picking up passengers at designated locations or when hailed
checking passenger destinations and determining most appropriate route
transporting passengers to desired destinations
assisting passengers with luggage
collecting fares and processing fare payments
may collect and deliver parcels
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow strongly
- is likely to reach 51,800 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 58% of people employed as Automobile Drivers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 8 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 48 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Automobile Drivers work in the Transport, postal and warehousing industry.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Automobile Drivers||All Jobs Average|
Around 76% of Automobile Drivers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Automobile Drivers is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 6% of the workforce. This is 42 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Automobile Drivers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||10.2||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as an Automobile Driver. Although some workers have a certificate II or III in driving operations.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Automobile Drivers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||9.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||15.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Automobile Drivers who are responsible, provide good customer service and work independently.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Looking for ways to help people.
41%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
36%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
34%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
32%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Teaching people how to do something.
Using maths to solve problems.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
51%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
39%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
35%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
29%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
25%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
25%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
24%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
21%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
18%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
18%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
16%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
See details that are far away.
Communicate by speaking.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Do two or more things at the same time.
See things to your side when your eyes are looking ahead.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
See things in glare or bright lighting.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
65%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
59%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
55%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
53%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
52%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
51%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
50%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
50%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
50%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
49%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
48%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
47%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
47%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
45%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
44%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
43%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
43%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
40%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
31%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
27%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
93%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
90%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk with people face-to-face.
85%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
82%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
80%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
74%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
74%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
73%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
71%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
68%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
67%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
66%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Talk on the telephone.
65%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
61%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
59%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
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