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Panelbeaters repair damage to metal, fibreglass and plastic body work on vehicles, and form replacement vehicle panels.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a medium sized occupation employing 17,600 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 17,600. Around 9,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
There have been shortages of Panel Beaters for a number of years. In 2016, employers in nearly all states and territories (except South Australia and regional Western Australia) found it hard to recruit Panel Beaters. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.
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A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and three quarters of workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Panelbeaters who are reliable, trustworthy and responsible.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Fixing machines or systems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
Controlling equipment or systems.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Order or arrange things (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
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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.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
How much time do you spend standing?
How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
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.
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.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
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, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.