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

    • $1,000 Weekly Pay
    • 22,000 workers Employment Size
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 80.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42.8 hours Average full-time
    • 50.5 years Average age
    • 21.6% female Gender Share

    The number of Manufacturers grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 22,000 in 2018 to 23,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
    • Location: Manufacturers work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42.8 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 51 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (62.6%).
    • Gender: 21.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200827500
    200918500
    201021100
    201124800
    201221400
    201319300
    201418200
    201520100
    201622200
    201728600
    201822000
    202323600

    Weekly Earnings

    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

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
    Manufacturing81.6
    Wholesale Trade5.2
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing3.7
    Construction3.4
    Other Industries6.1

    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 2017, 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
    NSW25.931.6
    VIC32.426.2
    QLD16.019.7
    SA10.26.7
    WA10.810.8
    TAS3.32.0
    NT0.71.1
    ACT0.71.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
    15-190.5-5.25.2
    20-245.3-9.99.9
    25-3413.8-23.623.6
    35-4417.8-21.721.7
    45-5426.3-20.820.8
    55-5913.4-8.88.8
    60-6413.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over9.2-4.04.0

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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    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.

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    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

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    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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    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3051.00 - Industrial Production Managers.

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