Manufacturers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the operations of small manufacturing establishments.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have a Certificate III/IV instead of a university degree.

Tasks

  • identifying business opportunities, devising new manufacturing processes and determining products to be manufactured
  • developing business plans and implementing operational, marketing, human resource and pricing procedures
  • researching and implementing regulatory and statutory requirements affecting manufacturing operations and the environment
  • directing the activities of production, warehouse, distribution and other operating units
  • maintaining quality control systems for manufacturing, waste disposal, delivery and other procedures
  • coordinating orders for raw materials, supplies and equipment, and arranging packaging, delivery and wholesaling of products
  • overseeing the coordination of after-sales service
  • overseeing the provision of quotes for the manufacture of specialised goods and arranging contracts with customers
  • may devise and oversee the implementation of production run schedules

Job Titles

  • Manufacturer

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $1,000 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      moderate
    • Skill Level

      Bachelor Degree or higher
    • Employment Size

      19,700
    • Unemployment

      average
    • Male Share

      81.6%
    • Female Share

      18.4%
    • Full-Time Share

      83.0%

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    This is a medium sized occupation employing 19,700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
    Moderate growth 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.

    • Manufacturers work in most parts of Australia.
    • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,000 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the 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
    200525400
    200623600
    200726900
    200822000
    200918700
    201024200
    201121600
    201220100
    201318900
    201418000
    201519700
    202020800

    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.
    EarningsManufacturersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10001230

    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.
    CategoryManufacturersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time83.068.4
    Part-time17.031.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)43.340.0

    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)
    Manufacturing85.0
    Construction4.3
    Wholesale Trade2.9
    Retail Trade2.6
    Other Industries5.2

    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.
    StateManufacturersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.331.8
    VIC33.325.5
    QLD18.219.8
    SA8.46.8
    WA5.811.2
    TAS2.12.0
    NT0.61.1
    ACT0.41.8

    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 BracketManufacturersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.2-5.45.4
    20-245.0-9.99.9
    25-3416.3-23.423.4
    35-4423.3-21.721.7
    45-5425.1-21.121.1
    55-5913.2-8.78.7
    60-645.9-5.95.9
    65 and Over10.0-3.83.8

    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.
    CategoryManufacturersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males81.6Males53.6
    Females18.4Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

    A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
    Around one in three workers have a Certificate III/IV instead of a university degree.

    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 Manufacturers who are motivated, organised and can communicate clearly with a variety of different people and work well in a team.

    Knowledge

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

    1. Production and Processing

      96% Important

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    2. Administration and Management

      90% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      81% Important

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

    4. Personnel and Human Resources

      78% Important

      Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.

    5. Mathematics

      71% Important

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    Activities

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

    1. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      89% Important

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

    2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      88% Important

      Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

    3. Getting Information

      84% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    4. Guiding, Directing and Motivating Staff

      84% Important

      Guiding and directing staff, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

    5. Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

      83% Important

      Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving conflicts, and negotiating with people.

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