Other Technicians and Trades Workers includes a wide variety of occupations such as Divers, Interior Decorators, Optical Dispensers, Optical Mechanics, Photographer's Assistants, Plastics Technicians, Wool Classers and Fire Protection Equipment Technicians.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required. Interior Decorators usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

Tasks

  • swims underwater to undertake tasks such as seafood gathering, research, salvage and construction
  • plans the interior design of commercial or residential premises and arranges for decorating work to be done
  • interprets optical prescriptions, and fits and services optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses
  • operates machines to grind, polish and surface optical lenses to meet prescription requirements, and fits lenses to spectacle frames
  • assists photographers in taking and developing photographs
  • sets up, adjusts, repairs and troubleshoots machines which manufacture plastics products
  • classifies wool to industry standards or market requirements

Job Titles

  • Diver
  • Interior Decorator
  • Optical Dispenser
  • Optical Mechanic
  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Plastics Technician or Fitter
  • Wool Classer
  • Fire Protection Equipment Technician
  • Other Technicians and Trades Workers
  • Diver

    Swims underwater to undertake tasks such as seafood gathering, research, salvage and construction. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Abalone Diver, Clearance Diver (Navy), Fisheries Diver, Hyperbaric Welder Diver, Offshore Diver, Onshore Diver, Pearl Diver, Saturation Diver, Scientific Diver

  • Interior Decorator

    Plans the interior design of commercial or residential premises and arranges for decorating work to be done.

  • Optical Dispenser

    Interprets optical prescriptions, and fits and services optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Optical Mechanic

    Operates machines to grind, polish and surface optical lenses to meet prescription requirements, and fits lenses to spectacle frames.

  • Photographer's Assistant

    Assists Photographers in taking and developing photographs.

  • Plastics Technician or Fitter

    Sets up, adjusts, repairs and troubleshoots machines which manufacture plastics products.

  • Wool Classer

    Classifies wool to industry standards or market requirements.

  • Fire Protection Equipment Technician

    Installs, tests and maintains fire protection equipment and systems such as extinguishers, hoses, reels, hydrants, fire blankets, exit lighting, fire and smoke doors, gaseous fire suppression systems, passive fire and smoke containment systems and foam generating equipment. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Fire Extinguisher Technician

  • Other Technicians and Trades Workers

    Includes Airborne Electronics Analyst (Air Force), Architectural Model Maker, Canoe Maker, Coffee Machine Technician, Fibre Composite Technician, Glass Blower, Hide and Skin Classer, Irrigation Designer, Kayak Maker, Milking Machine Technician, Parachute Rigger, Pearl Technician, Pyrotechnician, Ski Technician, Surfboard Maker

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,135 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    18,600
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    50.8%
  • Female Share

    49.2%
  • Full-Time Share

    63.4%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 18,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Other Technicians and Trades Workers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Construction.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 41.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,135 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200511500
200614000
200713100
200811300
200917400
201013200
201115200
201215800
201313900
201416800
201518600
202017600

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11351230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-time63.468.4
Part-time36.631.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)41.340.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance38.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services10.7
Construction10.4
Manufacturing6.2
Other Industries34.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW25.531.8
VIC28.525.5
QLD19.919.8
SA5.86.8
WA11.511.2
TAS4.32.0
NT1.11.1
ACT3.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.0-5.45.4
20-2410.6-9.99.9
25-3423.3-23.423.4
35-4428.8-21.721.7
45-5420.4-21.121.1
55-596.8-8.78.7
60-646.3-5.95.9
65 and Over0.7-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryOther Technicians and Trades WorkersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males50.8Males53.6
Females49.2Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationOther Technicians and Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0.0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.3-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV24.5-18.918.9
Year 1241.7-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1022.5-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may be required. Interior Decorators usually need an Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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 Other Technicians and Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    95% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Sales and Marketing

    77% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. Mathematics

    76% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English Language

    71% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Administration and Management

    65% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    94% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    84% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    83% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Getting Information

    82% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Documenting/Recording Information

    81% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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