Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers includes a range of occupations such as Hunter-Trappers and Pest Controllers.

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. Pest Controllers usually need a Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • hunts, traps and shoots animals for food, pelts, research and for pest control registration or licensing may be required
  • applies pest or weed management techniques to kill and control pests or weeds in domestic, commercial and industrial areas, roadsides, and private and public lands registration or licensing may be required

Job Titles

  • Hunter-Trapper, Hunter, or Shooter
  • Pest Controller
  • Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers
  • Hunter-Trapper, Hunter, or Shooter

    Hunts, traps and shoots animals for food, pelts, research and for pest control. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Pest Controller (also called Pest Control Operator or Pest Control Technician)

    Applies pest management techniques to control invertebrate and insect pests inside and outside domestic, commercial and industrial premises. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Fumigator, Termite Technician

  • Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers

    Includes Bush Regenerator, Indoor Plant Technician, Irrigationist, Kelp or Seagrass Gatherer, Seed Collector, Weed Controller

Fast Facts

  • $940 Weekly Pay
  • 11,600 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 80.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.5 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 10.4% female Gender Share

The number of Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 11,600 in 2017 to 12,400 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $940 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (80.9%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52.4%).
  • Gender: 10.4% 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 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20079900
200810400
20098800
201010100
201112700
201212900
20139800
201410400
20159800
201612700
201711600
202212400

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.
EarningsOther Farm, Forestry and Garden WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9401230

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)
Administrative and Support Services43.5
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing27.2
Construction8.2
Public Administration and Safety7.3
Other Industries13.8

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.
StateOther Farm, Forestry and Garden WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW48.631.6
VIC12.826.2
QLD15.119.7
SA6.96.7
WA11.810.8
TAS2.82.0
NT1.01.1
ACT1.11.8

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 BracketOther Farm, Forestry and Garden WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-2414.6-9.99.9
25-3418.4-23.623.6
35-4414.5-21.721.7
45-5422.6-20.820.8
55-5911.5-8.88.8
60-6412.6-6.06.0
65 and Over5.7-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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. Pest Controllers usually need a Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience. Registration or licensing may be required.

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Employers look for Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers who are fit, reliable and can work independently when needed but also as part of a team.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    76% Important

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

  2. Public Safety and Security

    62% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. English Language

    62% Important

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

  4. Chemistry

    59% Important

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

  5. Biology

    59% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2021.00 - Pest Control Workers.

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Activities

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

  1. Getting Information

    86% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    86% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  3. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    84% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    83% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    81% Important

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

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2021.00 - Pest Control Workers.

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