Wool Classers classify wool to industry standards or market requirements.

    You can work as a Wool Classer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Sorts wool into groups according to length, fibre thickness, breed and colour.
    • Places sorted wool into appropriate bins.
    • Presses the wool into bales.
    • Supervises the pressing and branding of wool bales.
    • Operates wool-weighing, sampling and wool-blending machinery.
    • Keeps records of the wool bales pressed.
    • Carries out minor maintenance on wool-weighing, sampling and wool-blending machines.
    • May be responsible for wool shed management.

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    • $1,146 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Wool Classers

    • 510 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 49 years Average age
    • 38% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Wool Classers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 540 in 2011 to 510 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Wool Classers work in New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania.
    • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Wholesale Trade; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (69%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 38% 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)
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing81.6
    Wholesale Trade12.8
    Manufacturing4.2
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.8
    Other Industries0.6

    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.
    StateWool ClassersAll Jobs Average
    NSW41.931.6
    VIC20.825.6
    QLD1.020.0
    SA10.37.0
    WA18.310.8
    TAS7.72.0
    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 BracketWool ClassersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.6-5.05.0
    20-246.1-9.39.3
    25-3416.4-22.922.9
    35-4415.2-22.022.0
    45-5426.5-21.621.6
    55-5910.7-9.09.0
    60-6412.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationWool ClassersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree0.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV64.4-21.121.1
    Year 128.6-18.118.1
    Year 114.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below13.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Wool Classer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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      30% Skill level

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      29% Skill level

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    4. Food production

      21% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

    5. Administration and management

      19% Skill level

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

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    1. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Physically close to people

      83% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    3. Spend time standing

      81% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    4. Making repetitive motions

      79% Important

      Spend time making repetitive motions.

    5. Teamwork

      77% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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