Building Associates supervise construction sites, and organise and coordinate the material and human resources required.

Specialisations: Building Construction Supervisor, Clerk of Works.

You usually need a formal qualification in building, construction or construction management to work as a Building Associate. Building Associates often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • Assists construction managers, architects and surveyors in planning and organisation.
  • Co-ordinates work programmes.
  • Calculates costs and estimates time scales.

All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Building Associates

  • 30,700 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Building Associates (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 26,600 in 2011 to 30,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Building Associates work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction80.2
Public Administration and Safety4.1
Manufacturing2.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.8
Other Industries10.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBuilding AssociatesAll Jobs Average
NSW31.631.6
VIC22.825.6
QLD22.020.0
SA6.27.0
WA13.310.8
TAS1.42.0
NT1.31.0
ACT1.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBuilding AssociatesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-243.2-9.39.3
25-3424.8-22.922.9
35-4428.4-22.022.0
45-5425.4-21.621.6
55-599.4-9.09.0
60-645.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBuilding AssociatesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree7.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV57.7-21.121.1
Year 128.4-18.118.1
Year 113.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below8.4-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in building, construction or construction management to work as a Building Associate. Building Associates often complete a certificate III or IV.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Building Associate.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)

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Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    69% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Building and Construction

    67% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Production and Processing

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and Management

    60% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Mechanical

    58% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Responsibility for Outcomes and Results

    94% Important

    How responsible are you for the work of other people?

  3. Telephone

    93% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    92% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  5. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    92% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-1011.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers.

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