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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 Employment 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 29,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
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.
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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.
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.