Wood Turners operate wood turning lathes to turn and shape wood stock.

    You can work as a Wood Turner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Wood Turners often complete a certificate III or IV.

    Tasks

    • Sets up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding.
    • Operates machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces.

    All Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Wood Turners

    • 100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 52 years Average age
    • 9% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Wood Turners (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 140 in 2011 to 100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Wood Turners work in many parts of Australia. Tasmania has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Manufacturing; Construction; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (65%).
    • Gender: 9% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Manufacturing85.4
    Construction7.9
    Retail Trade3.4
    Arts and Recreation Services3.4

    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.
    StateWood TurnersAll Jobs Average
    NSW23.631.6
    VIC24.525.6
    QLD14.220.0
    SA9.47.0
    WA7.510.8
    TAS20.82.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    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 BracketWood TurnersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.9-5.05.0
    20-2413.7-9.39.3
    25-347.8-22.922.9
    35-4410.8-22.022.0
    45-5418.6-21.621.6
    55-5913.7-9.09.0
    60-647.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over24.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationWood TurnersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV51.5-21.121.1
    Year 1226.5-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below22.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Wood Turner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Wood Turners often complete a certificate III or IV.

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    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers 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. Mechanical

      52% Skill level

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

    2. Production and processing

      41% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      41% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Education and training

      38% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Public safety and security

      31% Skill level

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

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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, 51-7042.00 - Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing.

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    Demands

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

    1. Exposure to contaminants

      100% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      96% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      96% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    5. Spend time standing

      95% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    Occupational Information Network
    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, 51-7042.00 - Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing.

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