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Food and Drink Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing food and beverages.
Operates machines and performs routine tasks to make bread, cakes and other baked products, and slices and wraps products.
Specialisations: Biscuit Factory Worker, Bread Room Hand
Operates machines and performs routine tasks to make beer, and package, store and despatch beer in bottles, cans and kegs.
Operates machines and performs routine tasks to make and wrap confectionery.
Specialisations: Chocolate Maker
Operates machines and performs routine tasks to make and package milk, milk powder, yoghurt, butter, cheese and other dairy products.
Specialisations: Butter Maker, Cheese Factory Worker, Cheese Maker, Milk Processing Worker, Milk Treater, Pasteuriser Operator, Yoghurt Maker
Operates machines and performs routine tasks to prepare canned and frozen fruit and vegetables, and make and package sauces, jams and juices.
Operates machines and performs routine tasks to mix, mill and treat grains and by-products to make flour, meal and stockfeed.
Specialisations: Stockfeed Miller
Operates machines and performs routine tasks to extract juice from sugar cane to make granular sugar and molasses.
Operates machines and performs routine tasks to make and bottle wine.
Includes Coffee Roaster, Egg Factory Worker, Ice-cream Maker, Margarine Maker, Pasta Maker
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 large occupation employing 30,900 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 grow very strongly to 36,100. Around 27,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.
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 Food and Drink Factory Workers who are reliable, hardworking and have good people skills.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Pay attention to something without being distracted
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-3091.00 - Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders.
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.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
How often do you work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How much time do you spend standing?
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
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.
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.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.