MORE than 30,000 workers will be needed to feed Queensland's resource industry in the next five years, with more than 13,000 of those to be unskilled operator jobs, according to the annual Heartbeat Report by sector-research firm Kinetic Group.
To keep up with demand with those projects already earmarked for construction, the demand for staff will consume more than just chunks of the manufacturing and construction industries, the traditional poaching ground for mine companies.
Those areas of the state with a prolonged lull in building projects, including the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast, would be particularly ripe for targeting.
But it still may not be enough to sate demand.
According to the report, the river of workers flowing from down-turned parts of the state will soon begin to dry up.
Kinetic chief executive Derek Hunter said the not-for-profit firm was working to show the dwindling supply of workers was now reaching a critical point.
He said pressure to scoop up these workers would increase early next year.
"That is related to the (mining industry) growth spurt," Mr Hunter said.
"I think we will have depleted a great deal of our industries and that resource will no longer be available.
"Our biggest concern is the need for longer-term understanding of the impacts of the numbers," Mr Hunter said.
"We're working quite hard to get the reality about it across.
"We need 30,000 just in mining for Queensland in five years.
"At least 45% of those will be operators - the need for haul truck training, those numbers are going to skyrocket."
Many of those across the state already desperately hunting for these jobs have been left bewildered by an apparent lack of opportunities.
Mr Hunter said as demand increased, so too would labour hire companies teaming up with training organisations to better train would-be staff.
"They are now partnering with registered training operators or becoming RTOs themselves," he said.
The Heartbeat Report is based on the employment records of 30,500 mine industry workers, supplied to Kinetic by nine mining giants operating in Queensland.